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Getting print spooler service error “Operation could not be completed. The print spooler service not running.” or Windows can’t open Add printer. The local print spooler servcies is not running etc, while install or use a printer on Windows 10 PCs ? Lets first understand What is Print Spooler Service ? Why Its Getting error Print Spooler Service is not running. And Some Applicable solutions To fix print spooler service not running error.

What is Print Spooler Service ?

The print spooler is a Windows service that manages all the print jobs which you send to your printer. Printer spooler service works with two system files spoolss.dll / spoolsv.exe and one service. If due to any Reason The Service Stopped working, service isn’t running, Then your printer won’t work, Or unable to complete the print job.

Fix Print Spooler Service Not Running

If you Are also Getting print spooler service not running error While doing printing job Here some Most applicable Solutions To fix this “Operation could not be completed. The print spooler service not running.” or Windows can’t open Add printer. The local print spooler servcies is not running etc.

Note: Bellow Solutions applicable To fix print spooler service not running error for all windows versions include windows 10 / 8.1 and 7.

Check the Print Spooler Service is Running

As the Error Print Spooler Service Not Running so first make sure the Print Spooler Service is started, working properly and its set to start automatically.

To do this press Win + R, type services.msc and hit enter key. This will open windows services scroll down and look for service named Printer Spooler. When you get check its running or not if running then simply Right click on it and select Restart.

If the service is not running then double click on it, Here change the Startup Type Automatic and Start the Service next to Service status as shown bellow image.

check print spooler service Running or not
check print spooler service Running or not

Check Print Spooler Dependencies

Next on print spooler properties move Recovery tab, ensure all three failure fields are set to Restart the Service.

print spooler recovery options
print spooler recovery options

Then move to Dependencies tab. The first box lists all of the system services that must be running for Print Spooler to start, These are the dependencies




print spooler Dependencies
print spooler Dependencies

So make Sure The HTTP and Remote procedure Call ( RPC ) Service is set to start automatic and The Services are running properly. Or If both the Services running then simply Right click on it and restart the service to get a fresh start. Now Click Apply and ok to make save the changes you have made. Then Check The printer working properly without any failure notice.

Delete your print spooler files

If above methods failed to fix the problem Then Try to Deleting your print spooler files to clear pending print jobs which resolve the problem. To do this

First open windows services by Press Win + R, type services.msc and hit enter key. Then look for print spooler service, Right click on it and select stop the service. Now navigate to C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS. Note : If you’re prompted about permission, click Continue) Here Delete all the files in PRINTERS folder, You should then see This folder is empty.

Now open Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Devices and Printers Then Right click on problematic printer and select Delete.

remove printer device
remove printer device

Then Again open the Services window and Start the print spooler service by right click on it and select start.

Reinstall The Printer

Now Try to Re-install The printer, to do this First visit printer manufacturer’s website. Then Download the drivers for your printer model. Then Run the Setup.exe to Run the Setup and install printer driver. Note : make sure printer is connected to your computer.




Also you can open Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Devices and Printers. Here click on Add a printer and fallow on screen instructions to install the Printer.

add a printer on windows 10
add a printer on windows 10

Modify DEP Settings For Spooler

click on start menu Search type system and hit enter key. Then click on Advanced System Settings” on the left side. Now click on  Settings (under Performance ), and click on the Data Execution Prevention tab. Then Select radio button Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select. Here click the Add button and choose spoolsv. Click Open and then click OK when you get the warning. That’s all Click apply and ok to save the changes and Restart Your computer to take changes effective. Now check There is no more Any print spooler Error and print jobs complete successfully.

Modify DEP Settings For Spooler
Modify DEP Settings For Spooler

Tweak Windows Registry

Also you can Tweak windows Registry by fallowing bellow steps to fix  Print Spooler Service Not Running error. First Backup Window registry before make any modification.

Now Press Win + R, type regedit and hit enter key, Then nevigate to :

 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Spooler
Tweak Registry to Fix Print spooler error
Tweak Registry to Fix Print spooler error

Here on right side double click on DependOnService. It should have only RPCSS and HTTP. Remove anything else, including LEXBCES. Click ok And close Registry Editor Then Restart windows to take changes effective. Now Check Print spooler Error Get resolved.

These are some most applicable solutions to fix Print Spooler Service Not Running error like  “Operation could not be completed. The print spooler service is not running.” or maybe “Windows could not start the Print Spooler service on Local Computer.” I hope Apply Above solutions would be resolve your problem, Still have any query, Suggestion or face any difficulty while apply these solutions Feel Free To discuss on comment bellow.

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