Windows could not start the Print Spooler service on Local Computer.

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Hi all,

I am an engineer working on a project that needs frequent reporting via email and to file some hard copy. When I am about to print some pages of my report, I meet an error that says the "computer could not start the printer spooler services", added below is the screen shot.

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Windows could not start the Print Spooler service on Local Computer.

Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start.

As I understand with the error, I have a problem with my printer or its driver. So I checked first the printer connection that might just be loosen, but it was attached perfectly. So I re installed the driver of the printer. After those isolation process, I tried again printing my report, but the same error pops up my screen. Please give some advice on where shall I go to fix this error.

Thanks.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #124864

Windows could not start the Print Spooler service on Local Computer.

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Hello there,

You are getting this problem because a service named Printer Spool is not running. So you have to start the service manually. To  start the process you have to follow the steps.

1.  You must have Administrative Privilege

2.  Now Open Control Panel

3.  Switch to Classic view

4.  Double click on Administrative tools.

5.  Double click Services

6.  Find the service name Print Spooler

7.  Double click on Print Spooler. Print Spooler window will open.

8.  There change the Startup type to Automatic.

9.  Then click Start button to start the service.

This should start the service. But if the Dependency services are not running then the Print Spooler service will  not run. So make sure that these services are running correctly.

  1. Application Layer Gateway Service
  2. Network Connections
  3. Network Location Awareness (NLA)
  4. Plug and Play
  5. Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
  6. Remote Access Connection Manager
  7. Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
  8. Telephony

Hope it works for you.

Answered By 575885 points N/A #314510

Windows could not start the Print Spooler service on Local Computer.

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That error is from your Print Spooler and it is not a problem with your printer so there’s no reason to re-install the printer software. The Print Spooler is a small program that manages or handles the paper printing jobs sent from a computer to a printer or print server.

It allows storing multiple print jobs within a print queue or a buffer where it is retrieved by the printer or print server. It is an application that controls spooling: putting jobs on a queue and taking them off one at a time. Since the problem is with the Print Spooler, try checking if the Print Spooler service is up and running.

Press the Windows key + “R” to bring up the “Run” dialog then type without quotes “services.msc” and hit Enter. In the “Services” window, scroll down and look for the “Print Spooler” service then double-click it to open the “Properties”. In the “Properties” window, in “General” tab, set “Startup type” to “Automatic”. Click “Start” to start the service then click “OK” all throughout.

Try printing again then see if it works. If clicking “Start” triggers an error, restart the computer then open “Services” again and check if the Print Spooler service is running. If the status says “Started” then it means the service is running. Try printing again. But if nothing is displayed in the status, it means the service is not running.

In this case, uninstall the printer software to remove the driver. Download the free version of Revo Uninstaller and install it. Once installed, start Revo Uninstaller then select your printer software among the applications and click “Uninstall”. Follow the normal uninstall process. When you are prompted to restart the computer, click to restart later.

When uninstall is complete, click “Scan” to scan your computer for any leftover files and delete everything it finds. This removes everything the program created on your computer. When it is finished, close Revo Uninstaller then restart the computer. After booting, open “Services” again then check the status of the Print Spooler service. Verify that the Print Spooler service is running.

If it is not running, repeat the same steps to start the service then restart the computer. After booting, check the Print Spooler service again and verify that it is running. Once you verify that the Print Spooler service is running OK, install the printer software back and try printing again.

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