How to Troubleshoot Print Spooler Service Not Running in Windows 10?

Generally, the Print Spooler Service is liable for managing all print jobs which are in turn and meant for the printer to handle it easily. If these services stop doing their work, then the printer won’t be able to print any documents, and it might be that the system won’t detect it easily. In such situation, your computer will show you following error messages which totally depend on the various circumstances:

  • Windows cannot connect to the printer; the local Printer Spooler service is not running.
  • The local Print Spooler service is not running properly, please restart the machine or restart the spooler.

In this article, we provide you best solution to resolve this error, by following the below-given steps you can able to fix the issue in less time. We suggest you follow these steps in ascending order, as it will take fewer efforts and also save you from troubles. The steps are discussed below.

Steps to Troubleshoot Print Spooler Service Not Running in Windows 10

This error can occur, when the Print Spooler related-file has become corrupted or gone missing, and it might also happen if any concerned Windows Services are not functioning. Here, you need to follow the given suggestions, if you want to solve this issue:

  1. Restart the Print Spooler Service
  2. Reinstall or update the Printer drivers

Method-1: Restart the Print Spooler Service

To fix this issue, first try to solve by this method:

  1. Click to open Services Manager
  2. Find the Print Spooler service, then right-click on it.
  3. Then, choose Properties option.
  4. Amend the Startup type to Automatic and then click on the Start
  5. Now, click on the Apply option.
  6. Next, click on OK to save all settings.
  7. Now, check it once, that you can able to print or not.

Method-2: Update the Printer Drivers

To update the drivers, follow the given steps:

  1. Tap WIN + R keys together on your Keyboard to open the Run Window.
  2. Type the given command cpl.
  3. Click on Enter to open the Programs and Features Window.
  4. Find the previously installed printer drivers.
  5. Then, right-click and choose the Uninstall option.
  6. Next, restart the system to complete the uninstall process.
  7. Now, connect to the Internet.
  8. Subsequently, plug in the Printer directs from your computer system.
  9. Finally, the system will automatically install the drivers.

If your computer system doesn’t install the printer drivers automatically, then we suggest you to use an option add a printer wizard and then the drivers can automatically be downloaded directly from the manufacturer’s website.

Emma Justine is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technology industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Emma has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.

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