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(Solved) Print Spooler Service is Missing / Not Listed (Fixing Guide)

Question

I am facing an issue with my print spooler service. When I try to print every time it gives me an error message “Print spooler service is not running. Please start the print spooler service” and then I went to the services page to start the print spooler service manually but I don’t see “print spooler service” there. I know, it should be there named as “print spooler“, however this time print spooler service is not listed on my services page. My print spooler service is missing. How do I solve it? do i need windows disk to repair this? Please help me to solve this issue. My computer is a windows 7 32 bit computer with 4 GB RAM. My printer model number is HP officejet j4580 All-in-one.

Solved Answer

Your print spooler service is missing / not listed on the services page, that means your print spooler service has gone corrupted or might be possibility it has infected by virus attack or after cleaning the virus. Without print spooler service you can’t print, because print spooler service establish a communication between computer and printer. When you give a print command, that print command goes to print spooler service, then print spooler service convey that command to printer, then you got a printout.

If Print spooler service has infected by virus: That means printer spooler service & their destination files spoolsv.exe, spoolss.dll have lost their permissions. If computer don’t have the permission on these files or print spooler registry, then how computer will start the print spooler service.  We can’t start it. So in order to solve this issue, first of all you have to run a virus scan on your computer, then re-permit all these files spoolsv.exe, spoolss.dll & printspooler registry. We are giving you a proper step-by-step guide how to do that, just follow the below instructions carefully.

If Print spooler service has corrupted by itself: That means printer spooler service & their destination files spoolsv.exe, spoolss.dll have gone corrupted due to unaccepted restart the computer. Anyway, In order to fix it, you have to follow some steps on that, we are providing you a proper step-by-step guide to solve that issue, just follow the below instructions carefully.

Update: We have updated windows 10’s spooler files and default registry copy. See below download links to download.


Method 1

Automatic Fix it

Please Run this tool in Safemode MODE (Recommended) if you run this tool in normal mode, might it will not working properly.

Download Print Spooler Repair Tool.exe (Freeware) for WindowsXP , Vista, windows 7, windows 8.

Method2

Manual Steps

Step 1 : Re-Permit spooler files & their registry.

  • Click on Start button.
  • Click on Computer.
  • Open C:\ Drive.
  • Open Windows.
  • Open System32.
  • In System32 folder, you need to find two files named as spoolsv.exe, Spoolss.dll. You need to change their permissions to administrators.
  • Right click on spoolsv.exe and then click on properties option.
  • Click on Security Tab.
  • Click on Advanced.
  • Click on Owner tab.
  • Click on Edit button.
  • Select Administrators, then click on Apply and then OK. Now owner set as administrator
  • Click on Permission Tab.
  • Click on Change Permission.
  • Click on Add Button
  • Type Everyone, then click on OK, and then check mark all the boxes of allow row, then click on OK
  • Click on OK to finish that.
  • Find a one more file named as spoolss.dll, do the same permission steps on it as well.
  • Now need to restart your computer to take effects.

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Doing the same process with spooler registry HKEY_Local_Machine\System\Current Version\Services\Spooler.

print-spooler-is-missing-on-services-page5Restart the computer once. After restart, you’ll get your print spooler service started. If issue still persist then follow the Step2 guide.


Step 2 : Update the print spooler service registry with the help of “default registry” file of print spooler.

Step 2.1: Download print spooler service default registry file (spooler.reg), as per your Operating System.

Default “Print Spooler Service” Registry files

Double-Click on that downloaded .z ip file to open it.

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Double-Click on that spooler.reg to execute this file.

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It will prompt a message regarding: “adding the data to spooler registry” so please click on Yes.

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Then it gives you a another message that says “updates has successfully finished or not “, please click on OK on it.

print-spooler-is-missing-on-services-page3Now reboot the computer once. After restart, you’ll be get your print spooler service started. If issue still persist then follow then Step3 guide.


Step 3 : Update the print spooler system files, spoolsv.exe, spoolss.dll.

Download print spooler default files(spoolsv.exe, spoolss.dll), as per your Operating System.

Default “Print Spooler Service” System files.

Extract that .zip file, you’ll get two files spoolsv.exe & spoolss.dll. Copy both are them.

Open a location on your computer, C drive –> Windows –> Sytstem32.

Paste both are the files in system32 folder, during copy, it’ll ask “would you like to replace these files, these are already exist” then click on Yes to replace all them.

Restart the computer once. After restart, you’ll get your print spooler service started. If issue still persist then follow Step4 guide.


Step 4 : Run a SFC /Scannow  scan on windows 7, Vista.

  • Log-in into your administrator account.
  • Start the command prompt with administrators rights. (click here to know more,  how to start it)
  • Type SFC /SCANNOW on that command prompt window then hit Enter. It will take time to complete, restart your computer after competition.
    SFC /SCANNOW

Restart the computer once. After restart, you’ll get your print spooler service started. If issue still persist then follow Step5 guide.


Step 5 : Run a scan with Hitman pro.

Click here to Download Hitmanpro_x32bit.exe

Click here to Download Hitmanpro_x64bit.exe

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Restart the computer once. After restart, you’ll get your print spooler service started. If issue still persist then follow Step6 guide.


Step 6 : Run a scan with Malwarebytes.

1. Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free, then double click on it to install it.

Click Here to Download Malwarebytes.exe

How to use malwarebytes

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2. Update online Virus Definition

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3. Tick mark on “Perform quick scan” then click on Scan

4. When the scan done click on “Show results”How to use malwarebytes

5. After clicking on Show result it will you a another window where you will get the found threats. Click on “Remove Selected”

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Restart the computer once. After restart, you’ll get your print spooler service started. If issue still persist then contact us via email at info@techsupportall.com.

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This post was last updated on:2016-08-01 | First Published:2013-09-07

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56 comments

  1. amazing,,,!! Thanks

  2. thanks that was direct to the target help really wonderfull usefull help amazing team hope you all the success

  3. Awesome, Method 2 – Step 2 & 3 helps me solve the problem, thank you very much!

  4. Thanks! Worked perfectly on Windows 7 Professional.
    Anti-virus scanner had deleted spooler.

  5. Amazing.Good work guys . I would like to donate you some money but i can’t 🙁

  6. Hi. I’m trying to install Foxit PhantomPDF Business 8.1.1 but every single time I get this error message while installing: “Printer installation failed! Check the print service!” I have tried almost every single step here and on other websites but it doesn’t seem to be working! I’m desperate! Please help! P.S. I have Windows XP SP 3!

  7. Thanks a lot, Worked great!!

  8. Thank You .. took several steps (finally replaced the spooler files) but it worked (Windows 10)

  9. Excellent. You did a very good job to provide all these methods. It really save our IT supports a lot of time.

  10. Vijay Vishwakarma

    Very use full trick.

  11. Really wish I could donate. this was well worth it’s weight in GOLD. Downloaded the tool and that’s all it took. Now if I could fix all my problems this easy.

  12. Thanks for the fix. You saved the day!

  13. Hi, thanks i tried all your steps. The issue here is the machine updated to 8.1 .
    Since then the Spooler i can start up but when i go to device and printers it stops.

  14. Perfect, it works!
    Thank you very much!

  15. i tried all steps, but in step 2 the .reg file installation failed. all the others didn’t work, and hitman pro asked for a serial.

    • If step2 failed that means it must gave you the error message, please let us know the whole error message then we’ll suggest you further steps.
      As of now, It seems like must be security (permission) issue into print spooler registry. We recommend you kindly change the security (allow permissions) of printer spooler registry manually (Give all the permission to current user). Right click on the print spooler service registry key and click on permissions, here you can change the security. Here is the location of the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Spooler

  16. BRILLIANT! THANKS! It was pleasure to make a donation to you bunch of geniuses!!!

  17. Awesome!! worked perfectly

  18. Help. When setting the owner for spoolsv.exe it says “Unable to set new owner on spoolsv. Access is denied.” I followed each step carefully and restarted multiple times and retried the steps. tnx in advance.

  19. Thanks so much!!!

  20. I used your print spooler auto fix tool for win7 safe mode with networking. It worked like a charm! awesome! keep up the good work guys!

  21. Thank you. it work prefectly

  22. Worked great. Thank You.

  23. THANKS A Lots, 🙂 🙂 🙂

  24. excellent work ….. working great man thanks a lot ……..

  25. Wonderfull help – it fixed perfectly my problem! Thanks a lot, vielen Dank! I hope the spooler problem will never come back…

  26. Thanks man Thanks alot
    U saved me from formatting the pc
    And again thanks for updating the links

  27. page not found
    links not working for spooler.reg for xp

    • Sorry for the inconvenience, there was some problem in the links. Now it has fixed and worked perfectly fine, we have tested it. You can now use it easily. Thank you so much for the information about that. Thanks.

  28. Wow ! You guys are true genius, works the first time with method 1, I was stucked with this spooler sh*t since months, now everything is ok thanks to method 1 & Print Spooler Repair Tool.exe
    Will make a donation !

  29. Thank you, worked for me. How can I thank you

  30. I tried everything I could find, including all of the above, and this is the thing that finally worked for me. It’s a Microsoft FixIt tool and I had to use the “Full” version instead of the “Light”. Hope this helps someone else too: KB2793718 You experience Print Spooler error messages after installing or upgrading a Third-Party print driver support.microsoft.com/kb/2793718

    • Hello Dave, I tried your recommendation, but it seems it isn’t compatible with Windows 10. Please do you have any recommendations that would work for Windows 10; I also noticed that my Windows Update is not working as well.

    • Uninstall your antivirus software and try the printer. Than install av again.
      It worked for me.
      BK

  31. Will this work for windows 8.1

  32. Will the steps above work for windows 8.1?

  33. it work , nice and easy , thank you so much for helping me !!

  34. Nice ! congratulation,thanks

  35. Couldn’t find spooler itself, but the admin changes + restart for the .exe and .dll seems to have fixed the problem. Thanks!

  36. Thank you so much. It has been working perfectly with method-s. Thanks a lot.

  37. Hi Just used your printer spooler repair tool. It was just so easy!!! You guys should be the official support people for windows. I wasted 2 hours reading through their help files with no solution.
    Happy to donate- I am going to look through your other products and recommend you to everyone.

  38. Thank you very much for sharing the registry files for windows vista

  39. thankyou works perfectly without any problems,

  40. good material for IT

  41. Thanks alot it worked like a charm……

  42. Spooler.reg for windows 7 – where can I download this? Thanks!

  43. Thanks a million bro u saved my lot of time finally this was my last web search for correcting problem of printer spooler service i was going to format my windows server 2008 but this process saved me with lost of heavy and huge installations
    once again thanks a lot …….

  44. Thanks a lot !!!!!!!!!! 😀 my error was that a virus was modifying the path of the archieve this can make you lose time soo people that have the problem can inspect this in the Windows Service GUI. Thanks again !

  45. Im back again, i just wanted to say thank you very much, Been suffering with this shit for several months and now its done, neither MS or anyone could help me cuz i was missing Print Spooler, but you guys helped me out, and for that i want to say thank you and merry christmas

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