Navigate to Control Panel Administrative tools Services.
Examine the list and locate Print Spooler. The status should be Started.
The Startup Type should be Automatic.
If the service is not started, check the list for Remote Procedure Call
(RPC). The Status should be Started. The Startup Type should be
In my experience, the commonest cause of a failure of the spooler to start,
or for it to start and then fail, is faulty or corrupt printer drivers. If
the presently-installed driver were working once and are not now, it would
be worth removing them and then reinstalling a new copy of the drivers.
First, remove the present drivers. Check the printer maker's site for recent
drivers. Also check for any utility to remove or clean up after driver
removal. Also, this site might be useful.
Install the new driver according to the instructions.
Let us know.
"Kai" <Kai@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> I have a Vista Home edition. One day, I try to print a document, the
> popup screen have no printer for me to select. I go to Control Panel and
> click the printer icon, All my printer driver are gone. So I click the
> Printer" button to add new driver, but then it pop up a warning message
> saying that my printer spooler is disable and tell me to reboot the
> I reboot it and try to "add printer" again, but same message pop up. I
> to Administrative Tools and Service, I can't find the Printer Spooler
> service. What should I do?