Windows 7 Training – How to Start Print Spooler Service

A print spooler is software designed to temporarily store the print jobs in the memory or on the hard disk of the computer till the time printer is ready to print them. In this short and easy to follow tutorial, we will guide you on how to initiate print spooler service in Windows 7.

The print spooler service implements the roles of print client and print server. This allows each participating system to act as administrative client, print client or print server for the Print Services System.

In case you’ve been waiting for a long time to get the document printed or you receive an error message regarding the print spooler, spooler resources, or spooler subsystem, you might need to change and then restart your Print Spooler service on the computer system running Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.

Generally, we can fix Print Spooler errors in two ways. Simply follow the steps mentioned below on how to start Print Spooler service:

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Step 1: Click on the Start button and type “Services” in the “Search Programs and Files” tab.

Step 2: Click on the “Services” tab. (Check the screenshot below of Microsoft Windows 7)

Start button and type “Services

Step 3: In the next window, look out for “Print Spooler” service.

Step 4: Right click on “Print Spooler” service and click “Start.” (Check the screenshot below)


Right click on “Print Spooler” service and click “Start.

Note: You can fix the Print Spooler Error this way.

Alternative Technique to Fix a Print Spooler Error

Step 1: Go to the Start button and right click on the “Command” option.

Step 2: Click on “Run as administrator” tab. (Check the screenshot below of Windows 7)

Open command Prompt as a Administrator

Step 3: “Administrator: Command Prompt” window will now open up on the screen. Simply type in “net start spooler” in Command Prompt and hit enter. (Check the screenshot below)

Simply type in “net start spooler”

Step 4: Your “Spooler Service” will now start successfully. (Check the screenshot below)


Spooler Service” will now start successfully

If you are unable to get printouts or aren’t sure whether print spooler service is actually working or not, please drop your specific print spooler related queries in comments below. One of our IT support experts will revert with the best possible solution on how to get print spooler service working on your Windows 7 Computer.

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