Fix Print Spooler Keeps Stopping

Print spooler is an essential service for sending the print job to the printer on a Windows computer. To print/send your files to the printer, it should run smoothly. Print spooler may stop on your Windows pc for some reasons, even manually starting it may not solve the problem until the real problem has been fixed. This guide will show you how to repair the print spooler on Windows 10, 8.1 and Windows 7 will automatically stop.


Usually, if the fix print spooler keeps stops problem on Windows 10 or 8.1 computers, no errors or warnings will appear. You won’t see any messages even if you print (send a print command) from MS Word, Excel or any other program. It can notify you if the printer driver or software is smart enough to detect the problem of print spooler service. The only indication you can see is that as shown below, all installed printers will be displayed as disabled/inactive. While print spooler is not running, you cannot view the properties of these printers.


Although the screenshots above have been taken from older operating systems, they are ideal for Windows 10 and 8.1.


Previous Windows Operating Systems will return the error message “Not running the print spooler service” when you attempt to print or open printer properties, which means something wrong with the computer’s print spooler service.



Methods to Fix Print Spooler Keeps Stopping Automatically problem on Windows 7, Windows 10, and 8.1 


The simple step you can take immediately is to start the Services print spooler service manually (or in step 2 of the command prompt).


1)’ Services’ can be found under Computer Management, but in search form’ Services.msc’ can be easily accessed under Windows 10 or 8.1.


Services.MSC Open services and find Print Spooler, I’m sure it’s going to be stopped so that you can start it now.


2) If you like commands, use this method in the command prompt to start/stop spooler printing. Make sure to open an administrator privilege command prompt (run as an administrator).

To start print spooler, type;


Net stop spooler


If, as mentioned earlier, the print spooler keeps stopping on Windows 10,8.1 or 7 even after starting the print spooler, follow steps below.


3) You can try the steps below if you think that print spooler doesn’t respond to your print commands and that printing doesn’t happen when the printer is physically excellent (no paper jam or any error on printer hardware). This method will help clear the outstanding print jobs (print queue) and hanging spooler service.

Clear the print spooler files in which the Operating Systems temporarily store print jobs, removing those files will allow the print spooler to start fresh and run smoothly next time.

Go to C > Windows > System32 > Spool > Printers and remove all files in the folder. This is where OS manages the print jobs before sending them to printers. Once these files are deleted, the queue for printing will be cleared. Also applicable to the latest Windows 10 and 8.1 is the same location.


Spool On your Windows desktop or laptop computer, one of the above steps would have solved the print spooler stopping automatically.


Additional steps to fix it 


If the issue still exists on your Windows 10, 8.1 or Windows 7 computers even after you have tried earlier stages (if the physical printer connectivity is excellent and physically there are no problems with the printer, the cartridges and the papers).


4) Make sure that each step was done earlier.


5) Go to the Computer Management services (as in step 1), double-click the Print Spooler service and go to the Recovery tab. Here, when it fails, we can set what that service should do.


In the Subsequent Failures area, select’ Restart the service.’ So, when it fails, it will try to restart the print spooler service.


This cannot be the permanent solution if, for some other reasons, the spooler operation fails to interrupt and automatically restart over and over again. It’s better to find and fix the real problem.


6) Go to the tab ‘ Dependencies’ and make sure that all programs are starting. Luckily, the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is only one dependency service for the print spooler operation.


So, search the RPC function in services and make sure that it has already begun, these methods also refer to Windows 10,8.1 and 7.


7) The last step that recently worked for me was the incorrect installation of the printer driver.


Yes, if you have a completely unrelated wrong driver installed on any network or local printer, this print spooler keeps stopping can often be faced with a problem of stopping. By default, even if you don’t print on them, Windows OS tries to communicate very often with all printers. When the printer and operating system speak wrongly due to incorrect driver installation, Windows will automatically stop the print spooler service.


8) Remove all unwanted printers from your computer, try these two methods.


9) Make sure that all printers have proper drivers (or at least similar models) installed.

Once I have changed to correct the print driver, it will solve my problem very quickly.


I’m sure the print spooler will solve one of the methods that automatically stops the problem on Windows 10, 7 and 8.1. Besides, it can also be a solution to update the printer driver and install the correct print driver.

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