FIX: Print Spooler keeps stopping on Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Although printing is easy in Windows 10, you might come across various issues.
  • Print Spooler is known to stop working on Windows 10 quite often- go through these steps and find the proper solution to fix it.
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Print Spooler keeps stopping on Windows 10
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Solution 8 – Delete the duplicated drivers

Users reported that you can fix the problem with Print Spooler simply by deleting the duplicated drivers using Print Management tool. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter print management. Select Print Management from the list of results.
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  2. When Print Management opens, in the left pane select All Drivers option.
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  3. List of all printer drivers will appear. If you notice duplicated drivers on the list, be sure to delete them by right-click and choosing the Remove Driver Package option.

Solution 9 – Take control of the spoon folder

According to users, it seems that you can fix this problem by changing a few security permissions. Needless to say, you must have full control over the spool folder.

To get full control, do the following:

  1. Go to C:WindowsSystem32 and right-click spool folder. Choose Properties from the menu.
  2. Go to the Security tab and click the Edit button.
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  3. Click the Add button.
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  4. In Enter the object names to select, enter your user name and click Check Names. If your username is correct, click OK to save changes.
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  5. Select your username from the Group or user names section and check Full Control in Allow.
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  6. Click Apply and OK to save changes.

Solution 10 – Delete files from printers and drivers folders

Users reported that restarting the Print Spooler service doesn’t always fix the issue, therefore you should also try deleting all files from the

C:windowssystem32spoolerprinters
and
C:windowssystem32spoolerfolders

After deleting these files, disconnect your printers from your PC and connect them again after a couple of seconds. Lastly, start the Spooler Service and check if the error is resolved.

Solution 11 – Reset Internet options

Few users reported that they fixed this issue simply by resetting Internet options. To do that, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter internet options. Select Internet Options from the menu.
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  2. Go to Advanced tab and click Reset.
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  3. Click the Reset button again to confirm.

After resetting your Internet settings, the problem with Print Spooler should be fixed.

Solution 12 – Use Print as Image option

Users reported this issue while trying to print PDF files with Adobe Reader. According to them, they are able to print all documents except PDF.

To solve this issue you need to go to the Advanced printing setup and select Print as Image option. After using this option you should be able to print without any problems.

Solution 13 – Change the DependOnService value

Several users reported that they fixed this issue simply changing the DependOnService value in their registry. To change this value, follow these steps:

  1. In the left pane navigate to the
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesSpooler key
  2. In the right pane, double click the DependOnService.
  3. Change the value data to RPCSS and click OK to save changes.
  4. After doing that, restart your PC and check if the problem is resolved.

Solution 14 – Disable Allow service to interact with desktop option

To fix the problem with Print Spooler service, you might have to disable Allow service to interact with desktop option. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Services window and locate Print Spooler service. Double click it to open its properties.
  2. When the Properties window opens, go to Log on tab.
  3. Locate Allow service to interact with desktop option and disable it. print-spooler-keeps-stopping-log-on-1
  4. Click Apply and OK to save changes.

After turning this feature off the problem with Print Spooler service should be fixed.

Print Spooler service can cause a lot of issues for Windows 10 users, but you should be able to fix them by using one of these solutions. If you know other workarounds, feel free to share your tips with us via the comments section below.

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I find your Solutions here very helpful. I also went thru a nightmare trying to find a solution. But my best solution, which I managed to resolved the issue on 2 PC is to do a Regedit. Goto HKLMSystemCurrentControlSetControlPrintEnvironmentsWindows NT x86Drivers
Under Windows NT x86 & Windows x64, delete 1 Printer Driver at a time to see which Printer Driver is causing the Hang up issue of the Print Server. No need to delete all the Drivers. Just 1 at a time and try to restart the Print Spooler Service, under Services.msc.