print spooler

Thomas Rast 6 Reputation points

Task manager to start a stopped print spooler. It starts then stops 15 seconds later. Need help to get this spooler to start automatically. I have tried 6 different fixes. No luck. HELP

Windows Server Printing
Windows Server Printing
Windows Server: A family of Microsoft server operating systems that support enterprise-level management, data storage, applications, and communications.Printing: Printer centralized deployment and management, scan and fax resources management, and document services
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  1. Philippe Levesque 5,706 Reputation points MVP


    The most current problem with print spooler are bad print driver that crash the spooler.

    Go inside your control panel, device and printer, click one printer, and select print server property on the top tool bar. In the panel you should see a list like that;


    In Windows the Microsoft, XPS and Remote Desktop's one are by default there, you can check other one, like in the printscreen I found you can see some HP, but you will have to find the one that cause the crash.

    In the event log you should see entry about the faulty's one, and after you found it, update the driver or remove the print driver that cause the crash.

    Having the print drive execute in isolated mode prevent the spooler to fail too, but it need newer driver to have that mode enabled.

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  2. Limitless Technology 39,476 Reputation points

    Hi there,

    All you need to do is to set the print spooler service to start automatically on Windows startup.

    1. Open services window: press Windows key + R and type “services.msc”
    2. Locate Print Spooler (Remote Procedure Call) Service in the list, then right-click on it and choose the Properties.
    3. Check if Startup type is set to Automatic, if not change it to Automatic then click Apply > OK.

    If this is done, you can try updating the Printer driver, uninstall all other unwanted drivers, and see if that is helpful.

    Hope this answers all your queries, if not please do repost back.
    If an Answer is helpful, please click "Accept Answer" and upvote it : )

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