Print Spooler Service Defaults in Windows XP

Loads files to memory for later printing.

Default Settings

Startup type:Automatic
Display name:Print Spooler
Service name:Spooler
Service type:interact
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Spooler

Default Behavior

Print Spooler is an interactive service. In Windows XP it is starting automatically along with the operating system. If the Print Spooler fails to start, the technical information about the error is added to the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box should be displayed informing the user that the Spooler service has failed to start.


Print Spooler depends on the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Print Spooler

1. Select your Windows XP edition and service pack, and then click Download.

2. Save the WinXP_Spooler_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file.

4. Restart the computer.

The Spooler service is using the spoolsv.exe file that is located in the %WinDir%\system32 folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows XP installation media.