(Solved) How to fix Print spooler not running error? Quick fix.


Guide to fix ‘Print Spooler’ service errors.

It is a Windows service which give command to the printer for printing. It manages all print queues. But sometimes it get stuck and shows printing errors. Most of the printing issues are caused by this service. Many errors are associated with spooler service.

About Print Spooler Service.

It manages multiple print request and send to the printer one by one. So it take the printing request from the applications and keep them in the queue and give commands to the printer one by one. In Windows it works with two system files spoolss.dll and spoolsv.exe and one service.


If you are getting one of the any following errors then it means it is print spooler service which is creating the problem.

  • Local print spooler is not running. please restart the spooler.
  • Print spooler is not working.
  • Print spooler won’t start.
  • Printer spooler service can’t start.
  • Print Spooler service getting the error message while printing.
  • Says, start the print spooler service first, then try to print again.

And even some times it does not show any error but print nothing.

How to Fix “Print Spooler Service”

In order to fix print spooler service, follow the below steps.

1. Download  the Print Spooler Repair Tool. It is a free utility to quickly fix the print spooler error. It will reset print spooler service as default.

2. Run the print spooler repair tool.

3. Click on Repair Button to start repair process. It will take few minutes to repair whole print spooler service.

After finishing the task it will show a finish message (Successfully Finished). Now print spooler should be working.

Step by step guide with screenshot

Download Print Spooler Repair Tool.exe

(Freeware) for windows 10, 8, 7, Vista & XP,

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After finished, please Restart your computer, and then try to printout something, your print spooler problem will be fixed.

What Errors it can solve.

This utility may be able to fix the following kind of errors.

Refer to this page if you are getting issue print spooler is keep stopping automatically.

What is the cause of the problem

There are lots of causes for “print spooler is not working” issue. Actually, most of the viruses and trojans do target the “print spooler service” to corrupt it. They can also corrupt the registry of print spooler service because print spooler service is the service which will effect most of the users who use the printer. Users wants to take print out however they getting the error message “Print spooler service has stopped please restart the service, the local print spooler is not running. please restart the spooler” etc. So it is advised to protect your PC with a good antivirus software. See here free antivirus for Windows 10.

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Cannot add printer error messages comes “print spooler service had stopped please start the print spooler service”

Don’t worry about this error message here is the proper solution for these type of spooler problems. after this fix your problem will be solved,  Your spooler will be repaired automatically, and get start, it will restore the spooler service as per default stage, which they does usually.

Please download this tool, it will fix all the corruption of  print spooler. you just need to run this repiar tool (Freeware) and restart the computer once, after restart your spooler problem will be solved.

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    1. Techexpert says

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    1. Techexpert says

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    1. Techexpert says

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      Pleasure to know that our tool has fixed your print spooler problem. Our tool does restore the print spooler service as default.

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    1. Techexpert says

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  56. nilesh mule says

    dear sir
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    1. Techexpert says

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  57. Riki says

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    1. Techexpert says

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  58. Lynn says

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    1. Techexpert says

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  63. Emma says

    cannot get the print spooler repair to work

    1. Techexpert says

      What happens? Could you please explain the whole problem in detail so that we can help you.

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    1. Techexpert says

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    1. Techexpert says

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    1. Techexpert says

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  75. Nicole Dornhoefer says

    Unfortunately it didn’t work and I have tried all these other suggestions as well. I don’t have much experience with fixing things on computers, I just know how to use the computer. I am at a loss here. I have windows 10. Thank you.

    1. Techexpert says

      Thanks for contacting us, we’ll help you fix this issue.
      We need more information to diagnose the issue. Could you please check the printer spooler service status just after run our tool (Print Spooler Repair Tool), is it started or not? If it is stopped then try to start it again and let us know what happens.

    2. Techexpert says

      Hi Nicole, We’ll help you to fix this issue.

      Did you reboot your computer after done all the steps? It is mandatory to restart the computer once.
      Anyway, we are giving you another DISM command, please run it once and then let us know the result. Please reboot your computer after applying this command.
      The command is:
      Get-AppxPackage -allusers *ContentDeliveryManager* | foreach {Add-AppxPackage “$($_.InstallLocation)\appxmanifest.xml” -DisableDevelopmentMode -register }

  76. hp printer not printing color says

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    1. Techexpert says

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  77. DiamondDavid says

    Wonderful it started the install printer just fine after installing. We’ll see how it goes, I am using the BEST version of Windows (7 Ultimate)…. it was either malware/virus or me playing around removing stuff I don’t see needs to be running (TONS of this stuff!) while I am doing other tasks.

    1. Techexpert says

      Thanks for using our tool and sharing your experience here.

  78. CHEAH YI LIN says

    Fix the problem already. Thanks a lot.

  79. Catalin Stoicescu says

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  80. kc says

    not sure about the language of computers, but it worked! thanks for the fix

  81. Makali Moalahi says

    Wow, this was so helpful!! After spending a few hours trying to fix the problem, and just as I was about to format the PC (as a last resort), I stumbled upon this blog, and my problem was solved immediately.

    I just traced the .dll file and deleted it.

    Thank You!!

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