Turn on Print Spooler Windows 8

This article shows you how to turn on print spooler windows 8 with a few easy steps.

How to Turn on Print Spooler Windows 8?

A simple reboot of both your PC and printer can solve many printer problems. You will need to dive into Local Services and check the Print Spooler service if the problem persists. Start the Print Spooler if it’s not running or reset it by stopping and starting it. Log in as an Administrator before you begin troubleshooting.

  • Open the Start Menu.
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  • Type Services in the search field and select the Services app in the result.
  • Alternatively, select Windows + R to open the Run box. Type services.msc and press Enter.

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  • Go down the list of services arranged alphabetically and select Print Spooler.
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  • Right-click on the Print Spooler service and select Stop from the menu.
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  • Wait for a few seconds for the Print Spooler to terminate. Windows displays a Service Control window for a few seconds to show the stoppage.
  • Right-click on the Print Spooler and select Start from the menu to restart the service again.

How to Turn on the Print Spooler From the Task Manager?

The spooler program (spoolsv.exe) isn’t resource-hungry. But an error in the Windows printing system can cause the Print Spooler to consume memory. For such rare cases, use the Task Manager to stop and restart the spooler and see if that resolves the problem.

  • Select Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Windows Task Manager.
  • Select the Services tab and scroll down to Spooler on the list.
  • Check the Status. If the status is Running, right-click on it again and select Restart. Use the options on the right-click menu to Start or Stop the service when required.
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  • Now re-open the document you want to print and send it again to the printer.

More About the Print Spooler in Windows 8

The Print Spooler is the culprit behind many common printing errors on Windows. A “spooler” is a software program that organizes data in the correct order and sends it to any peripheral device with low memory, such as a printer. Thanks to this buffer, the printer doesn’t have to pause in between successive print jobs. The Print Spooler is a local service on Windows that manages the print queue seamlessly.

When it fails, print jobs can get stuck in the queue; the print data doesn’t get to the printer or the spooler crashes. You can reset your spooler to solve these problems, which cancels the print job and allows you to begin again.

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