How to Repair a Windows XP Print Spooler Service That Is Not Running

By Bonnie Conrad

When working with Windows, you might get a message that the print spooler is not started or that the print spooler service is not running. This often happens when you try to add a new printer or when you attempt to send a print job to an existing printer. If you receive such a message, you should first check the status of the print spooler service. Checking and restarting the service is not difficult.

Step 1

Click on the "Start" button in the lower left hand corner of the screen. Choose "Control Panel" from the list of options.

Step 2

In the Control Panel, look for the "Administrative Tools" icon. Click the "Switch to Classic View" button if the icon is not visible. Double-click on "Administrative Tools."

Step 3

Double-click on the "Services" icon to open the Services window. Scroll down the list until you see the print spooler. Double-click on "Print Spooler" and change the startup type to Automatic. This will ensure that the print spooler starts when your computer does.

Step 4

Restart your computer. The print spooler service will now start automatically whenever your computer reboots.

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