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How to Start/Stop Print Spooler

Service name: Spooler

Display name: Print Spooler


Description:

This service spools print jobs and handles interaction with the printer.  If you turn off this service, you won’t be able to print or see your
printers.


Path to executable:

C:\WINDOWS\System32\spoolsv.exe

CMD:
This method shows you how to Start/Stop Print Spooler service from Command Prompt

Perform the following steps:

Please go to Start and click on the Type here to search

Type cmd, right click on cmd icon under the Programs and click on Run as administrator

Services Regedit CMD Msconfig

Please confirm User Account Control pop-up

Please select, right and copy a registry key from below, then right click on command prompt window, select Paste and press Enter


To Start Print Spooler service:

net start Spooler

sc start Spooler


Note: You can’t start a service if Startup type is on Disabled.


To Stop Print Spooler service:

net stop Spooler

sc stop Spooler


To change Startup type:

Automatic:

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Spooler" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

sc config Spooler start= auto

Manual:

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Spooler" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f

sc config Spooler start= demand

Disabled:

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Spooler" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f

sc config Spooler start= disabled

Automatic (Delayed Start):

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Spooler" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

sc config Spooler start= delayed-auto


Note: When you change to Automatic (Delayed Start) a new key DelayedAutostart is created with value 1.

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Spooler" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f


When you change to Automatic from Automatic (Delayed Start), DelayedAutostart change value to 0.

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Spooler" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f