Though Windows 10 offers you several options to ease your printing process, it offers you several features to print your documents. But sometimes, you may experience various issues while printing your documents. One of the most common problems that many users have a complaint about is Print Spooler Keeps on Stopping on Windows 10.
If you’re also facing the error message indicating ‘print spooler isn’t running, or ‘printer Spooler keeps stopping – cannot print from applications’ on Windows 10 system, it is very important to fix it. There are several troubleshooting methods that you can apply to bring your printer again in a working state, but before that, it is important to find the exact cause of the problem. Here, in this article, we have mentioned in detail some common troubleshooting techniques that you can try to fix this issue.
What is Print Spooler in Windows 10?
A printer spooler is basically an executable file that is used by a printer to store multiple print jobs within a print queue. These pending jobs can be easily retrieved by the print server and allow you to print your documents. Without it, you might experience problems while printing anything.
The print spooler also manages the print jobs currently left in the queue for printing and allows a user to delete a print job after it is successfully processed.
How do I fix Print Spooler Keeps Stopping on Windows 10 Issue?
You can get in touch with HP Assistant to fix your problem. You can even apply any of the following methods if the printer spooler keeps stopping or is on hang:
Method 1: Run printer troubleshooter
Before applying any technical method, it is recommended to run the Windows 10 built-in Printer Troubleshooter tool. It basically helps you to detect and fix most of the incorrect settings and errors. All you have to do is:
- First of all, press the Windows key+ I to open Settings.
- Type Troubleshoot on the search box and click on the Troubleshooting Settings option located on the screen.
- Locate the Printer troubleshooter and click on it. Follow all the on-screen instructions and wait for a while.
This tool will detect the problems that cause the printer spooler to keep stopping and identify the proper method to fix them. After that, restart your PC (Windows) and check if the problem has been resolved.
Method 2: Delete Print Spooler Files
Sometimes Print Spooler service can keep stopping due to pending or corrupted Print Spooler files. In such a case, you need to delete your print spooler files to resolve the problem. For this:
- First, turn off the Print Spooler service by opening the services window. For this, press Windows Key + R then type services.msc and press Enter key.
- Locate and right-click on the Print Spooler service and choose the Stop option to stop it.
- Now, minimize the Services window and open press Windows key + E to open Windows File Explorers. Then, go to C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS folder (you must have administrator privileges to run this folder). Follow the same process for C:\Windows\System64\spool\PRINTERS.
- Click the yes button if prompted for Administrator privileges to open PRINTERS.
- Then, delete all the files in the PRINTERS folder and left the folder empty.
After executing these steps, go back to Services and start the Print Spooler services and check if the print function is working normally.
Method 3: Restart the Print Spooler Service
This method is quite simple and effective to implement. If the print spooler service is not running properly or is hung, immediately restart the Print Spooler Services by following the below-given steps:
- Press Windows + R key then types services.msc in the Run prompt and press Enter key.
- Locate and right-click on Print Spooler Service, and then choose Restart from the context menu.
- Check if the process resolves the print spooler problem and if the printer is working normally.
Hope, these methods have helped you to fix the Printer spooler keeps stopping issue. You can try some other methods, like uninstalling and reinstalling the Printer drivers, modifying your registries, installing the latest Windows Updates to fix the problem.