Print Spooler keeps stopping on Windows 10

The Print Spooler is a service that handles printers and print jobs in Windows 10. But multiple things like corrupt files, outdated drivers and insufficient permissions can cause it to not function properly.

So, if the Print Spooler crashes, won’t start, or keeps stopping while doing some printer-related action on your PC, the solutions and suggestions below should enable you to get it working again.

Run the Printer Troubleshooter

Windows 10 comes with a built-in troubleshooter that can automatically sort printer problems on your computer. So it’s best to get things started by running it.

1. Open the Get started menu and select Settings

2. Select Update & Security

3. Switch to the Resolving problems tab and select the option labeled Additional troubleshooters

4. Select Printer Run the troubleshooter

5. Follow all instructions in the Printer Troubleshooter to find and fix printing problems.

Check Print Spooler Configuration

If running the printer troubleshooter did not help, continue by checking the print spooler configuration. Then make any changes that correspond to the following steps.

1. Press Windows R to open the Run box.

2. Type services.msc and select Okay† The Services app takes a moment to load.

3. Double click on the service labeled print spooler

4. Set up Startup type until automatically

5. Select Get started Set up Service status until Run

6. Select Applythen Okay

Check Print Spooler Recovery Response

If the problem recurs, adjust the Print Spooler recovery response to restart the service even after it has failed.

1. Open the . again Services app.

2. Double click on the print spooler maintenance.

3. Switch to the recovery tab.

4. Select Restart the service in the drop-down menus next to First failureSecond failureand Next failures

5. Select Applythen Okay

Clearing the Print Spooler Cache

An outdated or corrupt Print Spooler cache can cause it to crash repeatedly. Try removing them to see if that helps. Before you do that, however, you must manually stop the service.

1. Open the Services app.

2. Right click print spooler and select Stop

3. Open Explorer and go to Local Disk (C:)Windows System32coil PRINTERS

4. Delete all files in the folder. However, leave folders (if you see them) intact.

5. Restart your computer.

Delete temporary files in Windows 10

Temporary files associated with applications and the operating system can also conflict and prevent the Print Spooler from working properly. Try to delete them.

1. Press Windows R to open the Run box.

2. Type %temp% and select Okay

3. Delete all files in the folder.

4. Open another Run box, type tempand select Okay

5. Also delete all files in that folder.

6. Restart your computer.

Refer to this guide to how to delete temporary files in Windows 10 for additional instructions.

Reinstall Printer Drivers

Damaged or broken printer drivers can also cause the print spooler to stop working. If the service stops working while interacting with a specific printer, try installing it again.

1. Open the Get started menu and go to Settings Devices Printers and scanners

2. Select a printer under the Printers and scanners section.

3. Select Remove device

4. Select House and go to apps Apps and Features

5. Select and remove all printer-related support software.

6. Restart your computer.

7. Open the . again Settings app and go to Devices Printers and scanners† Then choose the Add a printer or scanner option and select Add device

8. Select the printer and follow all on-screen instructions to reinstall it.

9. Reinstall any printer support software.

If you are having trouble following the steps above, you may want to learn more about additional ways to remove printer drivers in Windows 10.

Update Printer Drivers

Newer printer drivers contain fixes that fix bugs and compatibility issues with the operating system. So it’s always a good idea to download and install the latest drivers or support software from your printer manufacturer’s website. Also consider: using a driver update tool if you are having trouble getting drivers manually.

Update Windows 10

Updating Windows 10 helps fix stubborn bugs and glitches that prevent the Print Spooler from working properly. Check for pending updates and apply them now.

1. Open the Get started menu and go to Settings Update & Security

2. Select Check for updates

3. Select Download and install to apply all pending updates.

If you see the View optional updates option on the Windows Update screen, select it and apply any Microsoft verified driver updates for your printer.

Fix broken registry keys

Broken registry keys in Windows 10 can also lead to issues with the Print Spooler. A free registry cleaning application like Wise Registry Cleaner should help you scan and fix errors automatically.

Scan for malware

Computer viruses and malicious programs often cause essential functions in Windows 10 to stop working. However, you can use Windows Security to rule that out by running a comprehensive malware scan.

1. Select the Windows Security icon in the system tray.

2. Select Virus & Threat Protection

3. Select Scan options

4. Select the radio button next to Full scan

5. Select Scan now

Run the System File Checker

The System File Checker is a command-line tool that can help you fix file corruption and stability issues in Windows 10. You can run it from an elevated Windows PowerShell console.

1. Right click on the Get started button and select Windows PowerShell (administrator)

2. Type the following command:

sfc/scannow

3. Press Enter

Become an owner of Spoolsv

Taking ownership of the executable file that runs the Print Spooler can also prevent crashes and other issues with the service.

1. Open Explorer and go to Local Disk (C:)Windows System32

2. Right click on the file labeled to rinse and select Properties

3. Switch to the Safety tab and select Advanced

4. Select Change

5. Type in your Windows username and select Check names† If you typed it correctly, you should see the path to your user account automatically.

6. Select Okay

7. Confirm you see your username next to Owner† Then select Applythen Okay

8. Restart your computer.

Perform a System Restore

If your print spooler still stops working, you can choose to revert your computer to an earlier state in which the print spooler worked without any problems. However, you can only do that if you have taken the time to activate the system restore function in Windows 10 earlier.

1. Open the Run box.

2. Type sysdm.cpl and select Okay

3. Switch to the System security tab.

4. Select System recovery

5. Select Recommended recovery or Choose another restore point and select Next one

6. Follow all on-screen instructions to reset your computer.

Print spooler works non-stop

Any of the above solutions should have helped the Print Spooler work properly. But if none of these work and you are regularly getting errors, you should consider: Factory reset Windows 10† You may have a serious underlying problem that can only be solved by reinstalling the operating system from scratch.

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