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    Web app developer since 1994 and Google Cloud Platform Instructor now residing in Colorado. Besides tech, I enjoy landscape photography and share my work at ColoradoPhoto.gallery.

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Resolved: Lexmark Printer Issue in Vista

Posted by David Chandler on February 26, 2011

One or the other of my teenage kids have been unable to print from the Lexmark wireless printer for several months now, and it finally could not be put off any longer.

Vista kept popping up messages saying that the Print Spooler service (spoolsrv.exe) had stopped. I logged in as Administrator and restarted the service, only for it to stop again in a few seconds.¬†Print spooler virus? AVG in safe made checked clean. After several hours of Googling and getting nowhere, I found a post that mentioned C:\Windows\System32\spool. I went to that directory and deleted everything in the Printers folder. Now I was able to restart the Print Spooler service (if you don’t know how to do that, just restart the computer) and Add a Printer in the usual way through the Printers Control Panel.

Just documenting this for myself for next time…

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