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Start and stop the print spooler

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

To start and stop the print spooler

  1. Open Computer Management.

  2. In the console tree, click Services.


    • Computer Management/Services and Applications/Services
  3. In the details pane, double-click Print Spooler.

  4. Do one of the following depending on the task you want to do:

    Click Stop to stop the service.

    Click Start to start the service.


  • To open Computer Management, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.

  • When you stop the Print Spooler service, it might stop other dependent services.

  • The print spooler runs under the Local Computer system account by default.

  • You can also start and stop the Print Spooler service through a command-prompt command. For more information, see Related Topics.

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


Run printing commands from the command prompt
Enable or disable logging of printing events