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Print Spooler Keeps stopping Automatically- (Fixing Guide)

Print Spooler Keeps stopping Automatically  –  (Fixing Guide)

In Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8


When i try to print i got a error message “The print spooler service is not running” and then i am going to start it, print spooler service crashing windows 7 automatically, Doesn’t stay on,  on it started successfully and then again i gives a print command to printer it’s again shown me the same message, then i checked the “print spooler” service it is again stopped automatically.



Solved Answer

This post will guide you how to solve this problem “Print Spooler service keeps Stopping Automatically”, actually there are many reasons behind that, The main reason is the driver conflicting (Please update the printer drivers), however we explained everything in this post, please follow the following steps  to get rid of this problem “Print Spooler keeps Stopping Automatically”. If you followed all above steps properly, i am sure about it the problem can not persist any more. Print spooler service stopping automatically, print spooler service is automatically stopping, spooler stop, print spooler stops suddenly, print spooler stopped can’t install printer.


1. Open Services page

  • (For windows xp) Click on Start and then click on RUN then Type Services.msc in RUN box then hit enter
  • (For windows 7, 8, Vista) Click on Start and then Type Services.msc in Search  box then hit enter



2. Find “Print spooler” Service and then Double click on it.

print spooler keeps crashing

2. You will see a “Stop” button, Stop the Service for while


3. Go to “Recovery Tab”

4. (Important Step) Change “First Failure” & “Second Failure” Value under “Recovery Tab”

  • Change the value of  “First Failure” to “Restart the Service”
  • Change the value of  “Second Failure” to “Restart the Service”


5. Make sure  the RPC Service is the dependencies of the “print spooler”


6. Then Leave it until next step is complete

7. Delete all the print job from this path “c:\windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS”

  • Delete all the files under this following path (make it clean)
  • c:\windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS


8. Now Start the print Spooler Service.

  • Come again “print spooler” Configuration page and click on “Start” Button.


Restart your computer

If the Problem still persist then you must be try these more Additional Advanced Steps

9. (Important Step) Run a command “SFC /scannow” in Command prompt (with Administrative Right)

SFC /scannow


10 (Important Step) Run one more command “chkdsk /f /r” in Command prompt (with Administrative Right)

chkdsk /f /r


11. (Important Step) Delete all unwanted printers from the computer.


12. (Important Step) Make sure all printers are installed with correct drivers “there is not driver conflicting”(Please reinstall printer drivers again)


Step 13 : Get the “.dll” file name & path which one is makeing conflicting spooler service.

  • Right click on MyComputer and then click on  Manage. You’ll get an another window.
  • Click on the arrow of the “Event Viewer” (to Expand it).
  • Click on the arrow of the  “Windows Logs” (to Expand it).
  • Click on “Application” under windows Logs.
  • Now look on the right side pane, there have listed all the system LOGS.
  • Now scroll down/up to find the error (Red Cross Error) which is related to print spooler service. Once you get it, double click on it to get more details about error (These logs create when system get any error or problem, so please find the error, that time you get crashed your printer spooler service.)



  • Now you have the exact error message details. Here, find the name & path of “.dll” file in this detail.
  • Now you have the particular “.dll” file name & path which one is doing conflicting with print spooler service.
  • So, stop the conflicting via repair, rename that “.dll” file.
    Do appropriate action on that file using following method below.1. If found “.dll” file is related to printer drivers then you can rename & delete the file, and then  reboot your computer and then you can easily reinstall your printer driver.

    2. If found “.dll” file is related to any 3rd party application then you can uninstall that application and install it again if you want to use that application. You also can rename & delete the file if it is not related to windows system files any how. After that reboot your computer once.

    3. If found “.dll” file is related to windows system files or location then you must not rename & delete the file, because it maybe harmful for your operating system itself. To fix this issue you have to repair your windows through “SFC /scannow” or “chkdsk” or Combo Fix tool (Comobofix is a third party tool (Free Tool) however it can fix most of the windows issues). After that reboot your computer once.

    SFC /scannow

    4. If you can’t determine what “.dll” file it is, then you can share your “.dll” detail with us at info@techsupportall.com we can help you with in 24hours through email. You also can leave the detail in comment section below.

We are much sure about that this problem can not persist any more If you followed all the above steps properly.

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Here we have the solution for this problem “local print spooler service keeps stopping” it starts and immediately stops print spooler keeps stopping xp, vista windows 7 windows 8 I tried restarting via Computer Management Services but a few seconds after print spooler keeps crashing

I have gone to spool folder to delete print queue but i stuck print job not only does not print to the printer, why does print a message comes and gone the spooler keep stopping Then when entering,  why print spooler keep stopping also cannot print spooler service keeps stopping windows xp, i getting a message Local Computer Error 5: Access is denied printer but  spooler stops automatically then i go to restart the print spooler service but still printer spooler service is automatically stopping, This service will remove all Print Spooler service dependencies however Print Spooler Stopping Automatically in Windows 7, I tried to turn it on but spooler service stopped print spooler Local Printer spooler starts go to services then click Start and then stops a few seconds later print spooler won’t stay on We can start, stop or restart Print Spooler service by command prompt please tell me something more to solve this problem.

I tried to print from the HP printer diagnostic Print here is the same problem Spooler Starts and Stops will not just stop for any reason, i suggest you to please remove your all printer then you can get rid of Printer Spooler service crashes problem, you can try Restarting spooler via services.msc then you can resolve that problem, Print spooler starts and automatically stops Because of print spooler services is only the one service How can I get my print spooler service started after which it launches a print command but still Print Spooler service stopped, won’t stay started

I had the same problem Printer Spooler Service Terminated Unexpectedly i have tried to stop and start the service but problem still persist printer spooler service is not running/stopped Here are the proper solution for this particular problem print spooler service stops automatically


This post was last updated on:2015-09-15 | First Published:2013-05-28

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  1. Hi there, thx for helping with tech problems. I have a problem with my printer, it offline. I do not have RPC in dependencies. How can I fix that

  2. I would appreciate if you can help me to solve problem regarding the Print Spooler service in window 8 64 bit. How can i do?

  3. The article is so clear and very helpful. I followed all instructions and finally get rid of delta serach. Thank you guys.

  4. hi , thanks for ur help , now it;s working……

  5. THANK YOU SO SO SO SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve tried so many things listed on numerous web sites. After 3 days of trying and many hours … you really helped. Thanks for sharing your wisdom!!

  6. I was printing a document when the printer stopped responding. I tried to cancel printing but it didn’t work. After that I repeatedly got ‘Spooler subsystem app has encountered a problem ….”. Tried many fixes over a period of 3 hours. Finally, landed on this page, tried the solution and it immediately fixed the problem.
    Thank you.

  7. When I open the Dependencies, I see HTTP and below is the RPC. Is there a way in CMD that I can remove HTTP from the dependencies?

  8. I did all the steps and chk dsk just hung at 27% for hours. Solution did not work for me, I am also unable to do prior restore. :(

  9. Thank you very much, solved my problem! :)

  10. Gurinder Singh Kooner

    Thanks… It works like a magic…. Earlier… I tried my self start stopping the printer spool service but it not worked untill I cleaned the PRINTERS Q as suggested by you…. Thanks once again….

  11. It was Great !!thanks a lot. excellent.

  12. Huge help! Thank you!

  13. chkfdsk /f /r is not recognised as per your solution

    10 (Important Step) Run one more command “chkfdsk /f /r” in Command prompt (with Administrative Right)

    • So sorry for mis-type of “chkfdsk”. There is no “F” in between “chk” “dsk”. The right command is “chkdsk /f /r”. We’ll change it in our article very soon. Please let us know if your spooler issue still persist, we will help you further as well.

  14. I appreciate you, the first procedure solved my problem. thanks

  15. thanks alot problem sloved great.

  16. Thanks, it seems that everything is fixed.

  17. Great post! Solved my printer issue.

  18. Hi this didn’t work for me either and like another poster, my chkdsk /f /r prompted me to do the check on the next start up which I agreed to. But then the chkdsk just got hung up at 27%. Luckly i was able to get into the advanced boot-up that HP installs. Where I was able to start in safe mode and turn off chkdsk with chkdsk X/ C:

  19. Print Spooler has done its work but when i am trying to print my document it not printing any file and in the printe it showing 0 document pending pls help me out of this problem.

  20. It’s working !!!!!!,
    Just follow step by step

    Thank you

  21. Try this for window 7 8 8.1
    1. Click Start, type “services.msc” and hit Enter.
    2. Scroll down to Print spooler.
    3. Right-click Print spooler, then select Properties.
    4. Select the Log On tab, and uncheck the Allow service to interact with desktop setting.
    (Microsoft recommends that you do not change the Allow service to interact with desktop setting. If you allow the service to interact with the desktop, any information that the service displays on the desktop will also be displayed on an interactive user’s desktop. A malicious user could then take control of the service or attack it from the interactive desktop).

    5. Once you have uncheck this setting, select the General tab and click “Start” (the Print Spooler should be able to start without popping up the Error 1053 again).

    Hope this helps!

  22. Tx sirs so much, first solution works fine!

  23. Not sure if this will help anyone here, but after much teching and no luck I opened up the printer icon by right clicking on it from the control panel and choosing troubleshoot. It detected that the printer hadn’t been shared across my home network and suggested that it could ‘Fix’ it. I let it run through the fix and then the print icon appeared active on my phone! Success!

  24. Judah Pakkianathan

    You are a genius thankyou, you have helped me a lot from my school homework
    god bless you

  25. I was having an issue where the print spooler on Windows 7 Ultimate with SP1 kept stopping and and no printers were showing up in Devices and Printers. I tried everything in this article, but the problem persisted. I have an HP P2055dn network printer and a few other HP printers. I looked in event viewer and noticed that HpTcpMon.dll kept crashing the print spooler (spoolsv.exe). So I did some research and found Microsoft KB article 947477 (can’t post the direct link as this site won’t let me). The article says the workaround is for Windows Server 2008. I followed the instructions in the HpTcpMon.dll workaround section even though I have Windows 7, and it worked! So just an FYI if anyone has this issue and their printer is an HP Networked printer.

    • @Aramini,

      Actually, your print spooler service is crashing due to “HpTcpMon.dll” file. What you need to do now, do uninstall all the HP printer drivers from computer and then follow the microsoft kb article that you given (947477). And then remove all the registry entries which is related with windows HP printer and then also rename a folder C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\ drivers to drivers.old and then create a new folder named “drivers” (You need to stop the print spooler service to do it). Then reinstall the printer driver again. It should work.

      Let us know if doesn’t work.
      TSA Team

  26. Thank you so much. We have been dealing with this at the office for a long time. Now I don’t have to close everything I’m working on to correct the problem. Bless you!

  27. Why Printer Spooler not run automatic when windows startup?
    Could you recommend me detail?

    • Yes we’ll help you. Follow the following instructions.
      Open services page
      Then double click on “Print Spooler” Service.
      Then you’ll get the option where you can set it automatic while computer startup, set it to automatic.
      Let us know if problem still persist after that.

  28. Thanks Alot u R Genius

  29. Thanks a lot. U explained very clearly. I really appreciate your help.

  30. Great! this solved the problem I had for weeks!
    Worked on Windows 10

  31. This worked like a charm. Thanks!

  32. Thanks a lot. It worked very well for me. You have explained the steps very well

  33. I cannot delete an unwanted printer, which is not working (HP Photosmart 7520), would you please know how to solve this? Ever since I tried using it, the printer spooler started not working, so I believe this printer is the cause for this. Tried using the solution provided by HP, but that didnt work…

  34. I followed all these steps exactly and still have the problem. I cannot add a printer because the print spooler keeps stopping. Any more ideas?

  35. I’m in the same boat. Since 5 weeks, I’m going nuts. Did all the research, checked dependencies, deleted files in PrinterFolder etc. Nothing ever worked. I now do not have a clue where to look further. Can’t even see a printer in devices anymore. Anymore suggestions?

  36. I have a problem that one of my citrix server spooler crushes every second. How can i solve this issue? Please help?

  37. OK… my possible solution is to change the Spool folder location.
    WHY… the Physical location on the disk is going bad.

    Open Print management… right click on the machine and goto “Properties”
    Goto the Advanced button
    change the Spool folder location. i.e. create a spool folder off the root of the os drive and point it there. ( remember the original location if it doesn’t work )

    if it’s ok, then you need to schedule a CHKDSK and check/repair bad spots

  38. Thank you kindly for this post. Just saved me a lot of time and effort.

  39. Was a problem that the impression service was restarting alone, was so delete the files from printers resolve Thanks

  40. Oh my God thank you so much! Your fix worked perfectly!

  41. You are the best. It worked after the first 8 steps. Thank you a lot!!!

  42. Worked like a charm the first time. Thank you.

  43. WinXP. Tried installing SAM4s …20p and that made print spooler stop working. After fix tool all is working fine again

  44. I’m getting error code 1068. I’m running windows 10. None of the above is working to resolve my issue. Help please!!

  45. Hi,

    I tried all your suggestions, but the wierd thing is that I could not find any error in the Even Viewer. That is where I got stuck.


    • Please explain your problem in detail here then we can give you solution.

      • My mistake here. The even viewer looks slightly different in my version of Windows 7. As you may have seen in an email to you.

        Spooler runs now, but I still have printing problems. I have issued them in e-mail. If you think it is good for other users, I could post it here too, or maybe you could even add the screenshots?

  46. Actually I found a DLL with problems, localspl.dll, but that is a system file. I have already ran

    SFC /scannow


    CHKDSK /F /R

    so what more is there to do?

  47. Great it work thanks


  49. Great! I tried the Answer and it works. Thanks

  50. Perfect, I had the printer spool stalling and freezing, followed the instructions and found 4 odd files in the spool/printer directory, deleted them and restarted the spool service and now can print. Running MS diagnostics had done nothing.


  51. I have this print spooler service stops automatically since my Win 7 was upgraded to Windows 10. It was a big annoyance as I couldn’t print or even view pdf file from Edge or Chrome when browsing website. I have been searching websites after websites for fixing tips but failed….. until I found yours!!
    You were the only one that showed the “Advanced Steps” as even your standard procedures didn’t help. At last, I found that my Primo pdf dll file that caused the problem. I deleted it and now everything works just fine!!!
    Thanks a lot !

    Phil Shum
    @Hong Kong

  52. it,s grate …thank u…all the best….

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