How can I really fix a Microsoft print spooler service failure in Windows Vista 64-bit?

craig meadows March 30, 2011

Why do all the so called fixes or workarounds circulating on the web Re: Microsoft print spooler service failures NOT resolve the problems?

An expensive 1 year old Acer 64-bit Windows Vista can’t add a printer? Please…

  1. Ed
    May 8, 2011 at 11:36 am

    after about a week trying to find a solution I found this which fixed my vista spooler problem

    good luck.

  2. craig
    April 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    tried ALL.. no luck trying to attach explanation .jpgs but your DISQUE says it handles .jpgs but right now not so much?? "spooler cannot be cleaned because machine is running 6.0 windows NT" and the usual windows can't open add printer because spooler won't start/restart....

    April 6, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Hello, have you checked if your printer spooler driver is starting up automatically when windows starts?

    -- click on start
    -- click on run
    -- type services.msc
    -- find the entry for printer spooler entry on services
    -- check the start up status for printer spooler service
    -- if start up is not set to start automatically, change it so that it does by following the next steps:
    -- highlight printer spooler service and then right click
    -- select properties, and on general tab, find the following entry: startup type
    -- click on down arrow and on menu select automatic
    -- click on ok
    -- restart your computer

    If this does not work, make sure to download a fresh version of your printer's driver and after following the previous procedure, install the printer drivers once more. If possible, make sure to clean the old drivers by following the directions from the following link:

    Also, the following instructions work most of the time, but I recommend for you to try the other options first. All you have to do is navigate to the following paths and delete the contents of the folders:


    Once finished deleting the content of the above mentioned folders, disconnect your printer from your computer, wait a few seconds and then reconnect the printer to your computer again.

  4. Tina
    April 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm


    were you able to fix the error following Mike's suggestions? Please let us know. Thank you!

    • craig
      April 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      no.. been there done that...did not work..btw the "official" ms solution is as lame as some of the other fixes floating around... and I did reply to Mike or at least I thoght I did

  5. Golden Sun God
    March 31, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Get a better version of windows such as XP or switch to the very safe Linus operating system.

    • Tina
      April 3, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      Downgrading to Windows XP is probably the worst solution and in no way better than working with Windwos Vista.

      The very safe operating system is Linux, developed by Linus Torvalds. :)

  6. Mike
    March 30, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Do you have a problem with the print spooler or a problem adding a printer now?

    Instead of trying out all circulating workarounds I would try the official solutions:

    If you are having a problem adding/installing a Printer

    Try to disable the User Account Control:
    1. open the Control Panel
    2. click on "Add or remove user accounts"
    3. select any user (doesn't matter which one)
    4. under the account click on "Go to the main User Account page"
    5. click on Change security settings

    Try installing it as the default Administrator:
    1. click on Start > Run (Windowskey + R)
    2. type compmgmt.msc and hit enter
    3. open Local Users and enable the Administrator
    4. logout your current User
    5. login with the Administrator account

    • CxvczxV
      January 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

      u r not a tecnical man... go to hell

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