How to Restart the Print Spooler

Written by cade bartlett
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Regarding the usefulness of a computer, it is essential for a computer to be able to interact with other external devices. What use would it be to type up a report or load a picture from a camera if you were not able to print them? Various steps are taken to make this possible. One of these things is called print spooling. Sometimes, however, that application does not function correctly and will need to be restarted.

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Things you need

  • Computer running Windows XP

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  1. 1

    Open the start menu and select "Run." Sometimes the "Run" is not in the start menu, depending on what has happened on a computer. In this case, go to the task manager by pressing and briefly holding the keys ctrl, alt and del at the same time. In the toolbar, click "File" and select "New Task (Run...)" from the drop-down menu.

  2. 2

    Go to the services list. In the "Run" (or "Create New Task") window, type in "Services.msc" (excluding the quotes). Hit "OK."

  3. 3

    Look through the list of services for the service named "Print Spooler." It may be helpful to arrange the list alphabetically by clicking on the "Name" tab above the column of names. When you find it, right click on it and select "Restart" from the drop-down menu.

Tips and warnings

  • This method can be used for restarting any service, not just the print spooler.
  • Allow proper amount of time for the spooler to restart before trying to print something, as your computer may be unstable while restarting it.
  • This has been tested on Windows XP only, and may not be the method used for other versions of Windows.

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