Cant add printer - Print Spooler not running error
I have a HP desktop running Vista 32bit. The printer has stopped working. The printer is fine and so is the USB cable. I have tried a few USB ports that work with other devices. I tried reinstalling driver - I get the popup that driver installs correctly and device is ready to use
however no printer shows up under PRINTERS. If I go Control Panel > printers the pane is empty!
Trying to ADD a printer I get error
I can't reinstall the OS as the system controls a medical machine and the installed application is not easily recovered. System Restore is not enabled either!
*Print Spooler will not just stop for any reason.
The print spooler is set up to restart 5 times after a failure. If the spooler continues to fail, there is an underlying issue causing it to fail.
Go to: c:\windows\syst
Delete all files inside this folder.
Try and restart the spooler and monitor the event log to see if it is still failing.
If it is still failing, the issue is a corrupt printer driver.
Go to: c:\windows\syst
If your OS is 32 Bit go to : W32X86
If your OS is 64 bit go to : x64
*WARNING - THIS WILL DELETE ALL INSTALLED PRINTERS*
Delete all files in this folder and reinstall your printer.
*Make sure the Print Spooler service is running ...
1.GO to Start then run and type services. msc and then click OK.
2.Scroll down and find Printer Spooler service under the Name column
3 Right click on Printer Spooler and select Properties. From dropdown menu choose automatic for Startup type. Check Service status, if service is stopped click on Start and than OK button, but if service is started first stop it with Stop button than click on Start and OK.
*Also..check for dependencies... while in the Print Spooler service properties..
1.Click the Dependencies tab. The first box lists all of the system services that must be running for Print Spooler to start. These are the dependencies.
2.Make a note of each service, click OK
3. Now go through the list and start each service upon which Print Spooler is dependent( if the service is not already started). If a service was not started, right-click it, click Properties and then confirm that the Startup type is Automatic.
My printer wouldn't install completely and the print spooler wasn't staying started. After a day and half of reading and researching I found this article. I'm running windows 8 64bit. All I did was empty all the printers from windows/system3