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Print/Spooler Registry Fix

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by wfkuhn, Mar 20, 2006.

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  1. wfkuhn

    wfkuhn Thread Starter

    Mar 20, 2006
    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!!!!!!!!!!!:eek: 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. :D

    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”.(y)

    After considerable browsing on the internet I was lead to check the spooler which I found was NOT started.:confused: 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.:mad: 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:
    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 :p

    Hope this helps someone!
  2. vois2


    Jul 16, 2005
    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.

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