How to Stop, Start or Restart the Windows Print Spooler Service

Printers can be tedious machines to use. This article will cover one of the most common printer problems: spooling. Printer Spooling, an acronym for Simultaneous Peripheral Operations On-line, is the term given to the system on your computer which receives and orders print commands. Occasionally, you will want to stop this system, in order to prevent the printer spooling system from issuing a command to your printer to print a document you did not want to print. At one point or another, you may have accidentally printed out a document twice, unplugged the printer before it finished, then re-plugged it to find that it still remembers the document you didn’t want to print.

Windows XP

Using the services console:

Click on the Start Button, select Run.

Start Button

In the run dialogue type “services.msc” and click OK.

services.msc

Locate “Print Spooler” in the list of services, right click and select Stop, Start or Restart as required.

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Using the command prompt:

Click on the start button, select Run.

start button

In the run dialogue type “cmd” and click OK.

cmd

In the command prompt type “net stop spooler” and press the Enter key to stop the spooler or “net start spooler” to start.

net start spooler

Windows 7

Using the services console:

Click on the start button, in the search box type “services.msc” and press the Enter key.

start button

Locate “Print Spooler” in the list of services, right click and select Stop, Start or Restart as required.

right click and select Stop, Start or Restart

Using the command prompt:

Click on the start button, in the search box type “cmd”.

start button

From the search results right click on “cmd.exe” and select Run as administrator.

Run as administrator

Click Yes at the UAC prompt.

Click Yes at the UAC prompt

In the command prompt type “net stop spooler” and press the Enter key to stop the spooler or “net start spooler” to start.

net start spooler

Windows 8

Using the services console:

On the start screen type “services.msc”, the search dialogue automatically opens.

services.msc

Press the Enter key to open the services console.

Locate “Print Spooler” in the list of services, right click and select Stop, Start or Restart as required.

right click and select Stop, Start or Restart

Using the command prompt:

On the Windows Desktop right click on the lower left corner of the screen.

From the Menu select Command Prompt (Admin).

Command Prompt

Click Yes at the UAC prompt.

Yes at the UAC prompt

In the command prompt type “net stop spooler” and press the Enter key to stop the spooler or “net start spooler” to start.

net start spooler

 

 

 


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