Printer Troubleshooting

How To Fix Printer Spooler Service Malfunction?

How To Fix Printer Spooler Service Malfunction?

In my experience, printers are not always the cause of printing related issues particularly in the office. Want to take a guess what is it this time? I am talking about the printer spooler service malfunction. While it is not part of the printer itself, it plays a big role in the printing process.

Why does the print spooler malfunction?

A print spooler is a piece of software that manages all the print jobs of a printer. In most instances, a corrupt file or print job is the precursor of printer spooler malfunction. Not knowing how to handle the print request, the printer spooler then crashes and halts all the print jobs on queue in that particular printer. In worst cases, issues are pertinent to the printer’s drivers not communicating well with the print spooler service. This could also cause the print spooler service to crash and cease printing.

How do I fix the print spooler?

Most of the time, I go to the system log and check what causes the malfunction. But that is way complicated. A quick restart of your computer or the spooler service followed by the deletion of the corrupt print job usually does the trick though. Follow the steps provided below to reboot the service and clean corrupt print jobs.


  1. Turn off the printer.
  2. Click the Windows button or the start button from your computer.
  3. Find and open “Control Panel”.
  4. From there, look for “Administrative Tools” and open it.
  5. Find and open “Services.”
  6. A new window will pop up. Scroll down and look for “Print Spooler.”
  7. Highlight then right click “Print Spooler”. From there, choose Stop.
  8. Minimize the current window.
  9. Open the printer software you are using to view on queue print jobs.
  10. Delete any corrupted print job, particularly the one that failed to print.
  11. Go back to the “Print Spooler” window and select Start.
  12. Turn on the printer and perform test prints.

What are the preventive measures against printer spooler malfunction?

  1. The print spooler service comes built-in with the operating system. A regular update of your operating system will ensure an up to date version of this service. This will prevent system related issues as well.
  2. Update your printer’s drivers. Manufacturers usually roll out updates to fix bugs and other issues that may ruin the user experience. This will also ensure that the printer is able to properly communicate with the computer for print jobs to be successful.
  3. Regularly scan your computer for malware. This is usually the culprit for corrupted files. A full scan of your computer and drives every month or two is highly recommended.


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    September 6, 2019 at 6:57 am

    I did every troubleshoot to my printer and it caused me a lot of time still haven’t fixed it, good to know this is different to other solution. it was very informative, i will try this later. I need to update my OS first also. thanks.

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    September 30, 2019 at 6:38 am

    same issues but my Operating System was already updated before. I just knew that it needs to look for update version of printer Driver to change it. im thankful that i was able to do the instruction smoothly and it take a little time to fix but i handle perfectly. Thank you.

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    October 15, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Already tried this. But it seems that the Windows 10 update of Sep 23 2019 has a bug that stops print spooler from running. I can print from a website which bypasses the print spooler, but not from my laptop.

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    November 1, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Thanks for this guide, it’s really frustrating that you give your printer command to print some important documents and it got stuck.

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    December 6, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Many thanks for this guide saved me a huge amount of time.

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    December 24, 2019 at 8:04 am

    On Windows 10, it can be frustrating when trying to print and the document stucks in queue, and if you try to cancel the job, it’ll stay deleting forever.

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    December 25, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    I tried printing the first page after that the second didn’t print again, gladly this instruction worked for me. i am working this for my two computers also i tried to reinstall the printers, good work.

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    January 12, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Great help! Thanks for sharing. I always read your blog and looking forward for more relevant information from you.

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    January 15, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    It is short yet informative blog. Details are easy to follow and I’m very thankful for this. Thumbs up!

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    January 30, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    I always encounter this problem in our office due to a lot of reports to be done. Our IT support team are not always available and causes delays of my other reports. Sending my deep thanks for this blog for I can now fix it.

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    February 4, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    This article saves me for long time of searching on the effective troubleshooting of this case. I simply follow this guide thoroughly and it works. Thanks for sharing!

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    February 17, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    I’ve got this finally. Thanks for sharing!

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    February 20, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    Helpful article! Aside from helping me out of this problem, you’ve thought me why this problem occurs and how to prevent it. I must tell my friends to read this article too.

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    March 23, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    It is not just helping me get through it but you explain it also why is it this problem occurs. Thank you soo much!

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    March 24, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    It annoys me whenever I encountered this problem. Well, I think this time I wouldn’t have to worry about it cause I finally fixed it on my own. Thank you soo much for making me calm again.

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    April 1, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    This article contains information and a guide that is easy to follow. As a young boy, I want to read articles like this for advance learning.

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    April 5, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    That’s great! I followed it thoroughly and my printer’s going well again. Thanks a lot for making this very useful blog!

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    April 14, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Thanks for this tutorial and tips on how to prevent printer spooler malfunction. Best printer blog I ever read, keep it up!

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    April 15, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks for this tutorial, I learned how to fix printer spooler service malfunction. I’ll read other content of this blog later.

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