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Print Spooler not turned on

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  • I am running win8 dev and cannot install or use printers.  As I track the problem I find out that help tells me print spooler is not running.  If I try and start it I get error cannot start print spooler, any suggestions are appreciated.
    Monday, November 07, 2011 7:41 PM

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  • Most likely due to a print driver corrupting the process memory.  Which print drivers are installed on the machine?  Most likely the spooler service is failing as it loads the driver files, you cannot use the spooler service to determine this data.

    you can find the drivers in the registry

    on 64bit under

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

    on 32bit under

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


    Alan Morris Windows Printing Team
    Monday, November 07, 2011 9:51 PM