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Ways to Troubleshoot the ‘Local Print Spooler Service is Not Running’ Error

Local Print Spooler Service Is Not Running

Print Spooler Service Not Running

One of the most common printer issues in offices and homes shows up with an error message saying, local print spooler service is not running. It asks you to either restart the spooler or restart the machine to fix the problem. In cases where this is not enough, you can try something else.

First off, the error occurs on Windows 7, 8, and 10 machines, and only when the spooler service is disabled for some reason. This service is in place to help users add printers, print documents, and keep tracks of files that are in the print queue.

After restarting your PC, you will find either that the print spooler service is back to running normally, or that it still has a problem. If the error still shows, the printer spooler will need to be manually restored as an auto-launch service.

  • Go to the Start menu and type in service. You will see a Services result under Control Panel, so open that. Here you will find all the registered services. Type in print to find Print Spooler fast, and right click on it. Select Start. If this option is grayed out, move on to the next step.
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    Go to the Start menu and type in msconfig, then hit Enter on the top result. This utility controls the actions that happen when the computer boots (this includes the services that are launched at startup, as well as the drivers that load. If you did not know, drivers are software that communicate directly to the hardware connected to the computer and make them usable, such as the CD drive, the printer, the webcam, etc.). If the UAC settings were left as the default, then you will have to give permission to run the utility by typing in the administrator’s password.

  • This will open up System Configuration, where you will see many tabs including Services. Choose that, and find the spooler service by typing print. When Print Spooler comes up, ensure that its box is left checked. Considering you have the spooler issue and saw the error message, this may be unchecked at first. Change that, and hit OK to save the change.
  • After this, restart the computer. Provided the spooler was the only cause of the error you saw at the beginning, the problem will have gone away.

Everything that relies on the print spooler service will be back to functioning normally. This includes print jobs, the option to add printers, etc. If not, get in touch with printer tech support for help.

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