Printer spooler does not stay running

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I am having trouble printing all of a sudden.

My printers have all disappeared. Keep getting the error "Operation could not be completed.

The print spooler service is not running." 

I am running XP pro with service pac 3. 

HP all in one printer. I have restarted the printer spooler service several times and it will not stay on.

It is also set to automatic. Have deleted printer and tried installing from scratch and will not compete.

Please help I have been researching this problem and nothing seems to work.

Hopefully someone here can help.

Best Answer by Jasson
Answered By 0 points N/A #98886

Printer spooler does not stay running


Try to fully uninstall your printer including the driver and Download again the driver of your printer.

You can find Driver to search engines, you just type the model of your printer and add "driver free download"  so it goes like this.

"Photosmart2571all-in-one drivers download free" and download the driver.

But some of HP printers has automatic driver, one you plug the printer into your computer it will automatically install its driver. 

If you have clarification, just reply to this comment.



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Answered By 0 points N/A #98885

Printer spooler does not stay running


Hi JohnFlores,

You can easily resolve this issue by following method.

  • Go to start menu and click on a control panel.
  • Then you have to click on System and Maintenance and then go to Administrative Tools.
  • You can see services option in the control panel and double click on it.
  • Then you have to find out print spooler from the services option and double click on it to launce on it.
  • From the drop down menu you have to change start up type option to Automatic.
  • Then you need to click on the Start button and then click on the Ok.
  • Reboot your computer.

I hope it will work for your Issue.

Answered By 574770 points N/A #310827

Printer spooler does not stay running


Try using SFC or the System File Checker utility to check your computer for any faulty system files. Press the Windows key + R to bring up the Run dialog then type without quotes “cmd” then hit Enter. In the command prompt window, type without quotes “sfc /scannow” then hit Enter.

If you are prompted for the setup CD, insert your Windows XP setup CD on your optical drive then click to continue. Wait until it is complete. When it is finished, close the command prompt then restart the computer. After booting, click “Start”, “Control Panel”, “Performance and Maintenance”, “Administrative Tools” then “Services”. In “Services” window, scroll down and look for the “Print Spooler” service.

Right-click it then select “Properties”. In “Print Spooler Properties” window, in “General” tab, in “Startup type”, select “Automatic”. Then below it under “Service status”, click “Start” then “OK”. Now, try installing or adding a new printer then see if it works.

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