How to Restart and Fix Spooler Services in Windows Vista
If you are having trouble printing documents or installing a printer on your Windows Vista computer, you may need to restart or fix the spooler service. The spooler service is responsible for managing the print jobs and communicating with the printer. Sometimes, the spooler service may stop working or get corrupted due to various reasons, such as driver issues, malware infections, or system errors. In this article, we will show you how to restart and fix the spooler service in Windows Vista using different methods.
Method 1: Restart the Spooler Service Using Computer Management
One of the simplest ways to restart the spooler service is to use the Computer Management applet. Here are the steps to follow:
Click on the Start button and right-click on Computer. Select Manage from the menu that appears.
In the Computer Management window, click on Services and Applications on the left pane.
On the right pane, scroll down and locate Print Spooler. Right-click on it and select Stop. Wait for 30 seconds for the service to stop.
Right-click on Print Spooler again and select Start. This will restart the spooler service.
Close the Computer Management window and try to print or install your printer again.
If this method does not work, you may need to clear the spooler folder or use other methods to fix the spooler service.
Method 2: Clear the Spooler Folder Using Command Prompt
Sometimes, the spooler service may get stuck or corrupted due to some print jobs that are stored in the spooler folder. To clear the spooler folder, you can use the Command Prompt. Here are the steps to follow:
Click on the Start button and type cmd in the search box. Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
In the Command Prompt window, type the following commands one by one and press Enter after each command:
net stop spooler
ping localhost -n 4 > nul
del /q %SystemRoot%\\system32\\spool\\printers\\*.*
net start spooler
ping localhost -n 4 > nul
The first command will stop the spooler service. The second command will wait for four seconds. The third command will delete all the files in the spooler folder. The fourth command will start the spooler service again. The fifth command will wait for another four seconds.
Close the Command Prompt window and try to print or install your printer again.
If this method does not work, you may need to check the spooler dependencies or use other methods to fix the spooler service.
Method 3: Check and Fix Spooler Dependencies Using Registry Editor
The spooler service depends on some other system components to function properly. If these components are missing or corrupted, the spooler service may not work. To check and fix the spooler dependencies, you can use the Registry Editor. Here are the steps to follow:
Click on the Start button and type regedit in the search box. Right-click on Registry Editor and select Run as administrator.
In the Registry Editor window, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\Spooler on the left pane.
On the right pane, double-click on DependOnService. A dialog box will appear with a list of values.
The list should contain RPCSS and http. If any of these values are missing or different, delete them and type RPCSS and http exactly as shown. Click OK to save the changes.
Close the Registry Editor window and restart your computer.
After restarting your computer, try to print or install your printer again.
If this method does not work, you may need to use other methods to fix the spooler service.