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Fix Print Spooler keeps stopping Not Running on Windows 10

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Printing a Document is very easy, But some times users report Issues While printing documents, or while tried to install a printer, at some point in time, you might have faced the print spooler service not running or The local print service is not running. please Restart the spooler or restart the machine. If you Restart the service form windows service console It stop again and again. So if you are also suffering with this problem and looking for solution to fix Print Spooler keeps stopping print spooler service not running on Windows 10. Here we have some tips to fix this error permanently.




A print spooler is software / service  that temporarily stores print jobs on the computer hard disk or in memory until the printer is ready to print them. This is an very important service On Windows 10 computer for printing purpose. It should run smoothly in order to Add new printer on your computer or print/send your documents to the printer. But some times due to driver mis-configuration, Virus infection or some other reasons this Print Spooler keeps stopping not running properly to complete print job. Also if you have installed multiple printer and issue might be with one of the printer that causing print spooler service stop. Here fallow bellow steps to fix this problem.

Fix Print Spooler keeps stopping print spooler service not running Windows 10

So If you are also suffering with this problem print spooler keeps stopping, Not running and looking for solution here fallow bellow steps. Start with basic troubleshooting Perform clean boot windows 10. click on Start, search for msconfig.
Select System Configuration from the search results. On the Services tab of the System Configuration dialog box, tap or click to select the Hide all Microsoft services check box, and then tap or click Disable all. Restart the windows. Now fallow the same steps to Re-enable the services and check the spooler problem fixed. otherwise fallow next steps.

Uninstall unnecessary printers

Only keep the required printer which is in use. If you have two or more printers installed that can sometimes cause issues with Print Spooler and printing. If Print Spooler keeps stopping on your Windows 10 PC, then uninstalling the unused printers might be able to fix this problem. To do this

On Start menu Search type device and printer and select it form search results. This will open Devices and printer window. Here look the unused printers simply Right click on it and click Remove as shown bellow image.

Remove printer form device and printers

When confirmaiton popup opens select Yes. Do the same for other unused printers, Also Remove Installed driver from Control panel -> uninstall a program bellow programs -> Select the installed printer driver and click uninstall. Now simply restart your PC.

Clear Printer Spooler Files

Sometimes Print Spooler service can keep stopping due to corrupt Print Spooler files, You can remove those files to fix this problem. To do this first we have to stop the printer spooler service on windows Services If its running. Here how to do press Win + R, On Run Type services.msc and hit enter key. This will open windows Services, Now Scroll down and look for the print spooler service. Right click on it and click stop.

Now Minimize the services windows by press win + D.

Make sure you are login with administrative privileges And windows set to show hidden files. Also disconnect / Unplug the printer if you have installed a local printer. Now move to the fallowing path.

This Pc -> C drive -> Windows -> System32 -> Spool -> Printers 




Open the printer folder and Delete all files inside the printers folder by press ctrl + a to select all and Right click select Delete as shown bellow image.

Clear Printer Spooler Files

Now Go back to Services window, again right click Print Spooler and select Start. Connect the unpluged printer or add the network printer and check this time it will work without any problem. Also once restart the windows and check print spooler keeps stopping problem may this time will get fixed. If still getting problem fallow next step.

Make sure Print Spooler service is set to Automatic

Also this is the most important point that make sure the print spooler service is set to start automatically on windows startup. You can check this on windows services.

First press Win + R on run type services.msc and hit enter key. When the windows services opens scroll down and look for print spooler service. Right click on it and select properties,  Here in the Startup type section make sure that Automatic option is selected. Click Apply to save changes.

Now Move to Recovery tab, Locate Subsequent failures setting and set it to Restart the Service

restart subsequent failures for print spooler
Click Apply and OK to save changes. Close services windows and Once Restart the computer and check print spooler keeps stopping or not running problem may get solved. still getting problem fallow next step.

Reinstall The printer Driver

Some times outdated corrupted Installed printer driver can cause differnt errors. And may this print spooler keeps stopping is one of them. So we recommend to visit Installed printer manufacturer website and download the latest driver. Then after Remove current installed printer driver from control panel -> programs and features -> select and uninstall the current installed printer driver software. Now simply Restart your system then after install the latest download printer driver. After installing the latest driver check if the problem is resolved.




Fix using registry Tweak

If all of above methods unable to fix print spooler keeps stopping problem simply tweaking the registry can fix this for you. here fallow bellow to do this.

Note : Before make any changes on windows registry we recommend to create a system Restore point. So that if any things goes wrong while make changes on registry we can revert back to previous working state using system restore.

Now Press Windows Key + R On Run type regedit and Press Enter or click OK. This will open windows registry now navigate to the fallowing key :

For 32 bit windows version :

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Print Processors

for 64-bit windows version :

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows x64\Print Processors

registry Tweak print spooler keeps stopping

Here Delete all keys except winprint. Simply right click the key you want to remove and choose Delete from the menu. Now Close Registry Editor and Restart windows. After that open windows services and restart the print spooler service. this time Print Spooler should start and without any problems.

These are some best working solutions to fix print spooler not started, print spooler keeps stopping windows 10 error. Still have any query suggestion feel free to comment bellow. You can directly ask your windows problems through our contact form.

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