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The print spooler is a tool with which the Windows 10 computer interacts with the printer, and manages print jobs in queue. Any kind of error with it shows that either the tool is corrupted or it is failing to communicate with the printer. So, how to fix print spooler error?
To open the print spooler properties, press Windows key + R to open the Run dialogue box. In it type “services.msc” and press Enter key. In the list that appears next, scroll down to “Print Spooler” and double click it. You can also do this by clicking the Start button, go to the “Control Panel”, select “Administrative Tools” and in it select “Services” scroll down to “Print Spooler” and double click it.
Next, in the “Print Spooler Properties” window under the “General” tab there will be “Start” and “Stop” buttons. Clicking the “Stop” button will fix some errors, restart the Print Spooler and leave the window as it is. Now, in the “General” tab in “Print Spooler Properties” go to the “Startup type” and from the drop down menu select “Automatic” so that the tool starts up each time your system turns on. Now, press the “Apply” button to save the changes. This ensures that it does not miss any incoming print jobs.
Now, select the “Recovery” tab and it manages how the Print Spooler responds to its own errors. The purpose of the adjustments listed below is to increase the chances that the tool solves its own errors and avoid crashes.
Next, select the “Log On” tab in the “Print Spooler Properties” window and ensure that the box next to “Allow service to interact with the desktop” is unchecked. Then click “Apply” to save changes. This change forbids the interaction of the “Print Spooler” with the desktop. After you have made the above mentioned changes, close the Printer Spooler “Properties” window and restart Windows for the changes to take effect.
If you are still getting printer spooler error messages, return back to “Properties” and select the “Dependencies” tab and check the box under “This service depends on the following system components”. Cross check between the services listed in that box and in the services window and if there is any discrepancy, then try reinstalling the printer drivers.