How to Fix Windows Vista Print Spooler When Not Starting

By Techwalla Contributor

Windows Vista users may experience printing problems with an error stating, "Processing cannot be continued because the Print Spooler Service has been stopped. Restart the computer to restart the Print Spooler Service and try again." If you then try to restart the Print Spooler Service, you may get another error, such as, "Failed to read description, Error Code 2." You can resolve this print spooler issue.

Things You'll Need

  • Just follow the instructions :)

Step 1

Click "Start," "Control Panel," "System and Maintenance" and then "Administrative Tools."

Step 2

Double-click "Services." Click "Continue" if prompted.

Step 3

Scroll down and right-click "Print Spooler" in the Services window. Click "Properties."

Step 4

Click the "General" tab and verify that the box in the center, next to Startup Type, says "Automatic." If it doesn't, click the drop-down arrow and change it to "Automatic."

Step 5

Click "Start" farther down the windows in the Service Status section if the service hasn't been started. If it has, you will not be able to press the "Start" button. Click "OK." Your print spooler problems should be fixed.