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How to Solve Spooler Issues in RDP

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Solve Spooler Issues

The Remote Desktop Terminal services in Windows operating systems make use of printer redirection to conduct print jobs inside the terminal sessions. If you install or share a printer so that it works with a local computer, it gets rerouted to the remote desktop session host. Within the RDP session, this shows up as “redirected printer”. It is possible for users to utilize such a printer by directly sending it print jobs.

You can configure the redirection of the printer using Microsoft Easy Print, or alternately installing the drivers for the printer into the server. The latter is more preferred in big companies, because it is faster, and also produces more precise print jobs. However, it is seen to crash the printer spooler on the RD session host. If you get the local print spooler service not running error, you can do the following.

How This Can Be Solved

Printer Redirection

Common Printer Issues

There may be no permanent solution to the problem, and Microsoft has not given out any information on supported printers for RDP redirection. One way to figure out which models work is by testing each one. If the host spooler has already crashed, use the below steps to fix it.

  • Uninstall the printers, beginning with what you installed last. Navigate to Program and Features and remove the printer package. See if the driver is displayed in Printer Properties, and if it is, remove it.
  • Remove the print drivers, which you suspect. This may depend on a model being old, or you having installed an old or similar driver in the server. Get rid of such drivers from Print server properties.
  • The drivers may need forceful removal in the event they do not fully uninstall. That means you will have to delete the registry keys in use by the driver, and be careful while you are at it. Make a backup before you make changes to the registry. Go to the following key and delete drivers from there: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers
  • You may have third party print monitors installed, which will need to be removed. Head to the following key in the registry and if you find print monitors of the 3rd party variety, delete them: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Monitors

After you have successfully removed the printer driver from the system, the spooler service should begin to work normally. The application event log can be checked every once in a while for spooler errors; usually, spooler crash is represented by event ID 1000. The problem can also be avoided by only getting drivers, which match the client computer.

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