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Print Spooler Path

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by lucul54, Mar 14, 2011.

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  1. lucul54

    lucul54 Thread Starter

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    Can someone tell me where my print spooler path could have gone? I was printing fine and then my computer could not find my printer.. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the printer (Kodak aoi 3250) but now I cannot install my printer..I need my printer to do my work.:eek:
     
  2. Saga Lout

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    Go into Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Services and scroll through to Print Spooler, make sure it's set to Automatic and see if you can start it. You may then be able to reinstall your printer.
     
  3. lucul54

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    Ok, I tried that and it said "The system cannot find the path specified":mad:
     
  4. lucul54

    lucul54 Thread Starter

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    What now?
     
  5. Phantom010

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    Go to C:\WINDOWS\system32.

    Do you see spoolsv.exe?

    If so,

    Click Start > Run > type (or paste) the following command and click OK.

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    cmd /k reg query "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Spooler" 
    
    Copy the Command Prompt output and include it in your next reply.
     
  6. lucul54

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    OK, I did not have spoolsv.exe in system 32. However, I found it in My Documents???..so I put it in system 32 and did what you advised..It did not work:mad:
     
  7. Saga Lout

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    When you run Phantom10's command again now, what shows up? Right click in the black form and choose Select All then press Enter to place the contents in the clipboard. Control V in a Quick Reply box here will bring those contents back here.

    Have you restarted the system since you moved the file and made sure the Service is started?
     
  8. lucul54

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    OK, this is what I got...
    ! REG.EXE VERSION 3.0
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Spooler
    DependOnService REG_MULTI_SZ rpcss\0\0
    Description REG_SZ Loads files to memory for later printing.
    DisplayName REG_SZ Print Spooler
    ErrorControl REG_DWORD 0x1
    FailureActions REG_BINARY 8051010000000000000000000300000050004100
    0100000060EA00000100000060EA00000100000060EA0000
    Group REG_SZ SpoolerGroup
    ObjectName REG_SZ LocalSystem
    Start REG_DWORD 0x2
    Type REG_DWORD 0x110
    DependOnGroup REG_MULTI_SZ \0
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Spooler\Parameters
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Spooler\Performance
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Spooler\Security
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Spooler\Enum
    C:\Documents and Settings\HP_Owner>
     
  9. Phantom010

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    Click Start > Run > type regedit

    Browse to:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Spooler

    In the right-hand pane, right-click an empty space and click New > String Value.

    Call it ImagePath.

    Double-click that value and enter the following command:

    %SystemRoot%\system32\spoolsv.exe

    Click OK and exit the registry editor.

    Reboot the computer.
     
  10. RobOman

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    If the problem is recent save the work you want to print on a thumb drive or disk then go to START / ALL PROGRAMS / ACCESSORIES / SYSTEM TOOLS/ SYSTEM RESTORE
    Open system restore and choose to restore your computer to an earlier time. find a date on the calender that is before your problem choose it and follow the instructions if all goes well you will be fixed when your computer reboots automatically.
     
  11. scoobydoo123

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    This worked for me had same problem with spooler message and unable to use printer
     
  12. Phantom010

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    Before running a System Restore, I would strongly suggest trying the registry fix in post #9. You are missing that essential String for the Spooler service.
     
  13. lucul54

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    Well, I did that and went to start the spooler service and it still said Path Not Found...now what???? What am I doint wrong???
     
  14. Saga Lout

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    Far be it from me to try to correct the Phantom but maybe %SystemRoot%\windows\system32\spoolsv.exe might do the trick.
     
  15. Phantom010

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    lucul54,

    Did you add the String Value in the registry or did you simply run a System Restore? :confused:
     
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