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Change the spool folder location

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To change the spool folder location

  1. Open Printers and Faxes.

  2. On the File menu, click Server Properties, and then click the Advanced tab.

  3. In the Spool folder window, enter the path and the name of the new default spool folder for this print server, and then click Apply or OK.

  4. Stop and restart the spooler service, or reboot the server.


  • To open Printers and Faxes, click Start, and then click Printers and Faxes.

  • If the server functions as the print server for a large number of printers or for print jobs that are typically very long, you should consider moving the spool folder to another location.

  • The spool folder might require a large amount of disk space to spool all the jobs.

  • The spool folder should not be located at the root directory (generally C:\).

  • If the new folder does not exist, this procedure creates it.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Setting the location of the spool folder
Enable or disable logging of printing events