How to Repair “Print Spooler Service Not Running” in Windows Computers

The Print Spooler service is responsible for handling print jobs that you send to your printer. If for any reason this print spooler service stops working, the printer can no longer print documents or the user receives the error message “The print spooler service cannot be completed. The print spooler service is not running” when trying to install a printer in Windows.

Windows cannot connect to the printer.

The local print spooler service is not running. Please restart the spooler or restart your computer.

What is the reason for ‘Print Spooler Service Not Running’?

This can happen if the file associated with the print spooler has been corrupted or lost. It can also happen if the related Windows services are not working properly.

How to solve the ‘Print Spooler Service Not Running’ problem?


Update the printer drivers

  1. Go to Search, type device mgr, and open Device Manager.
  2. Find the printer you want to remove, right-click it, and choose Update Drivers.
  3. Allow the wizard to search for new drivers.
  4. Follow the rest of the instructions on the screen.
  5. Restart your computer.

Remove unnecessary printers

  1. Go to Search, type device mgr, and open Device Manager.
  2. Find the printer you want to remove, right-click it, and select Uninstall Device.
  3. Follow the rest of the instructions on the screen.
  4. Restart your computer.

Follow the printer troubleshooting procedure

  1. Go to the Settings section.
  2. Go to Updates and Security and click on Troubleshooting.
  3. Now click on Printer and select Run Troubleshooting.
  4. Follow the rest of the instructions on the screen. Complete the process.
  5. Restart your computer.

Set the printer spooler autorun

  1. Go to Search, type services.MSC, and open Services.
  2. Find the Print Spooler service.
  3. Right-click on it and select Properties.
  4. Go to Startup Type and set it to Automatic Startup.

Frequently Asked Questions

Press the Windows + X key and select Settings. Type Troubleshooting in the search box and click Troubleshooting Settings. Find the printer troubleshooter, click it, and follow the prompts. Wait for the process to identify the problems that are causing the print spooler to continually stop, and try to fix them.

  1. Open the "Start" menu.
  2. Enter the services.
  3. Scroll down and select the Print Spooler service.
  4. Right-click the Print Spooler service and select Stop.
  5. Wait 30 seconds for the service to stop.
  6. Right-click the Print Spooler service and select Start.

  1. Press "Window" + "R" to open the "Run" dialog box.
  2. Type "services. MSC", then select "OK".
  3. Double-click the "Print Spooler" service, then change the startup type to "Automatic".
  4. Restart your computer and try installing the printer again.

In many cases, problems with the Druckspooler are caused by missing or corrupted driver files. First, try updating your existing printer drivers. If this does not work, download the latest printer drivers from the manufacturer's website and install them.