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Setting the Right Properties for a Printer Spooler

Printer Spooler Error

Setting Right Properties

The printer spooler is the component, which assists your Windows computer with interacting with the printer. It is responsible for properly ordering the print jobs in the print queue. When a printer spooler error message comes up, it may be because the properties have not been set rightly.

Setting the Printer Spooler Properties Right

  • Launch the Run dialogue with the Windows key + R In the dialog box, type services.msc and hit Enter. Double click on Print Spooler.
  • Within the properties windows you just opened are the Start and Stop buttons, right under the General You can get rid of some errors by simply hitting Stop and then Start.
  • Choose the drop-down menu next to Startup Type. From the list, choose Automatic to make sure that the spooler will start up each time your computer powers on. This way, no incoming print jobs will be missed. On the lower right, find and click on Apply to save the changes you have made.
  • Now set First Failure to Restart the Service, Second Failure to Restart the Service, Subsequent Failures to Take No Action, Reset Fail Count After to 1 day(s), and Restart Service After to 1 minutes. After doing that, click Apply to make the changes take effect.
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    You also need to stop interaction with the desktop. For this, go to the Log On Make sure that the box beside Allow Interaction With Desktop is left unchecked. After doing that, hit Apply.

  • Restart and try once more. This means you should try printing again. The Properties window may need to be closed before you can have the changes take full effect.
  • Checking the dependencies is another option. Go to the Dependencies tab and in the This Service Depends on the Following System Components box, check the status of each listed service. Go back to the Services window and in the Dependencies pane, find one of previous service names. Make sure that Started is shown in the Status column, and Automatic in the Startup Type
  • Keep doing this for all the services and if they do not have these same values, stop and restart them individually. This can be done with the icons in the Services window, or you can double-click the name of the service, and use the Stop and Start buttons in properties. If these icons are shown as grayed out, you may need to reinstall the drivers.

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