[Fix] Spooler Service Missing Windows 7 (100% Working)


Spooler service or print spooler is basically a windows software service that manages all printing jobs and is enabled by default in every Windows operating system.

It regulates the printing of documents in a specific order and handles printing in the background so that users can use the computer as usual. Basically, the missing of this service indicates that it has gone corrupted by malware attacks or got damaged after cleaning the virus.

Completely reading the article to know more about the issue in Windows 7 and how to solve it.

Spooler Service Missing Windows 7

Spooler Service Missing Windows 7 – How It Gets Missed

There are several reasons behind this. Here are some of the cases –

Missing or Not Listed

It signifies that this service has become corrupted and there is a chance that it has been attacked by a virus or infection that has been removed. You cannot print without the service since it maintains communication between the computer and printer.

Get Infected

This indicates that the target files spoolsv.exe and spoolss.dll, as well as the service, have lost their permissions. The computer will not start the spooler service if it doesn’t have access to these files or the spooler registry. Therefore, to fix this problem, you must first conduct a virus scan on your computer and then allow all spoolsv.exe, spoolss.dll files, and print the registry again.

Get Corrupted

It denotes that a computer restart was not conceded causing the service and its target files, spoolsv.exe and spoolss.dll, to become corrupted.

How to Fix the Missing Issue?

When the service is not working properly, you may get an error message that the print spooler is not responding. Sometimes, if you go to File and click to Print, you may get another error that your printer may absent. It has one very easy fixing. Follow these instructions step by step – 

Step 1: Click on the Start menu. Type services.msc in the search bar to open services

Step 2: Check for Print Spooler in the list. You may see there is no status showing about it. That means it is not started yet. 

Step 3: Click on it and go for Start Service. Then double click on Print Spooler and confirm that the Startup type is Automatic

Step 4: Then click on Recovery. The failures (First, Second, and Subsequent) will be “Take No Action” by default.

Step 5: Change it with “Restart the Service”. Then click on Apply then OK.

Now, it will automatically try for three times to restart. 

If the problem still appears, then –

Step 1: Open Start menu again.

Step 2: Click on Devices and Printers.

Step 3: Right-click on the Printer Icon.

Step 4: Click Printer Properties.

Step 5: Go to Advanced. You can see the current driver in Driver panel.

Step 6: Install the latest version of it.

Hopefully, it will sort out the problem.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I fix the Print Spooler?

Method 1: Troubleshoot

  • Use Win + I. Open System.
  • Scroll down and click Troubleshoot.
  • Then click Other troubleshooters. Click Run.
  • Choose a suitable printer to troubleshoot. Click Next.
  • After completing the scan, check for errors and fix them.

Method 2: Update drive

Then Windows will scan for a new driver update. Download and install it if there is any available version.

How do I reinstall Spooler Service?

Uninstalling the existing version of the Printer Driver and reinstalling the updated version may help to get better performance. To uninstall –

Step 1:  Press Win + I

Step 2: Select Bluetooth & devices.

Step 3: Select Printers & scanners.

Step 4: Find and select your installed printer.

Step 5: Click on Remove.

Then restart the computer and install the latest version of the driver.

Can I print without Print Spooler Service?

Yes, you can print without it. There are software that typically creates large print jobs with custom fonts and complex graphics often that have their own service. 


These are the legit available solutions to resolve this issue. You can easily go for any of these solutions and fix it. If somehow the issue still appears, then here is a quick and brief solution –

  • Use a suitable Spooler Cleaner tool and repair the service.
  • Extract the files in Desktop.
  • Double-click “cleanspl.exe” and click the cleaner option.
  • Restart the computer.

Happy reading!

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