Print Spooler is AWOL

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Printing / Faxing / Scanning' started by McSmiley, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. McSmiley

    McSmiley Guest

    Hi I am not sure this is the right forum but here goes.

    I am running Vista Home Premium. I have had to re-install Vista thre
    times since I got my computer about three years ago (the 1st time Vist
    just crashed, 2nd time I had a virus, and last November I kept havin
    problems with my print spooler and the technician suggested that to fi
    this we would have to reinstall Vista yet again). I also had a simila
    problem with the print spooler back in the summer of '09. That proble
    was fixed by my computer technician and every thing seemed fine.

    I run three printers off a hub all connected using USB. I have a Cano
    Pixma IP4200, HP Laserjet 1012, and a HP Color Laserjet CP1215. Th
    technician who repaired my problem reinstalled all the newest driver
    from the manufacturers websites after reinstalling Vista.

    On January 1st we used all three printers a number of times. When
    went to use the printers on January 2nd, the computer informed m
    basically I had no printers installed and did I want to install one.
    went to Services, thinking I had to restart the print spooler. When
    scrolled down I found that the print spooler file had *vanished*. Ther
    was no spooler file.

    I have tried going online and following all the fixes offered by other
    but to no avail. I even went to Microsoft's site and installed and ra
    their "Fix it" program, I have tried using system restore, again n
    luck. I have tried going to RUN and "cmd >sc query spooler" and got a
    error code 1060 -"The specified service does not exist as an installe
    service" I tried RUN>CMD>sfc /scannow (and put your vista disk insid
    the drive) and again no luck.

    One common thing I did discover however, is that my print spoole
    problems always seemed to occur right after a Microsoft automati
    update. I tried deleting these updates but again to no avail.

    After more than 30 hours of research and trying fixes I am very clos
    to giving up and going down to buy an iMac. I hope someone out there ha
    a solution. I do not want to reinstall Vista again! I do not want t
    spend any more money. One technician has suggested I switch to Window
    7. That means more dollars spent for a new operating system, dat
    backup, and my time. My patience is wearing very thin. Hopefully someon
    has an answer
    McSmiley, Jan 6, 2010
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  2. McSmiley

    McSmiley Guest

    No, because I do not know how to do that let alone how to find it.
    McSmiley, Jan 8, 2010
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    Todd Heiks Guest

    Start by saving that file to your desktop and double clicking it.
    Todd Heiks, Jan 8, 2010
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