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20-Mar-2006, 05:33 PM #1
Talking Print/Spooler Registry Fix
The other day I was cleaning up my registry (carefully I might add) deleting junk I knew was junk. A day or so later I needed to print and lo and behold there were no printers on the control panel and I kept getting an error 1068!!!!!!!!!!! So for the last day or so I have delved it to the morass of printer/spooler problems on the net. Well today I finally fixed the problem.

A while back our old Lexmark inkjet went south. So the other day I uninstalled the Lexmark miscellaneous programs/drivers. When I was cleaning up the other day some (lex***.***) entries were still in the registry so I deleted them also. I checked B4 I deleted any, on the internet to be sure each deleted key was not “important”.

After considerable browsing on the internet I was lead to check the spooler which I found was NOT started. Using services.msc I set all the recovery settings to "restart the service" but when I tried to start it again I received the error “lack of resources” and it stopped itself. It now became a bit frustrating. After 2 days of browsing I found an obscure HP fix for another similar error which was directly related to Lexmark printers.

Apparently in the registry at:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\currentcontrolset\service\spooler
the key “dependonservice” when loading a Lexmark printer is set to “lexbcse.exeRPCSS”. Seems when you de-install the Lexmark stuff this key is NOT deleted and restored to its default value “RPCSS.” All I did is delete the :lexbcse.exe" part, rebooted and the spooler started again

Hope this helps someone!
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04-Jul-2008, 12:44 PM #2
Thanks for the fix above
Well two years later your fix was indeed helpful to me. It did the trick. On this desktop a Lexmark printer had never been installed, or used ever. So I don't know why that Registry key was found to be exactly as you described it to be, but it was.

And to note this was after I had used the cleanspl.exe tool from the Microsoft Resource Kit.

Thanks!!
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