Archive for Windows 7

Printers disappear randomly on Windows7

I have a user who called in because her printers keep disappearing.  They are still installed on her pc (I can see them all via the control panel) but in some programs there are none listed, and the spooler keeps going on and off.  A quick google search turned up this article about this print spooler issue.

This was the fix that did it for me:

Clear Printer Spooler Files and Enable the Spooler Service

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1. Click Start, type “Services.msc” (without the quotation marks) in the Search box and press Enter.

2. Double-click “Printer Spooler” in the Services list.

3. Click Stop and click OK.

4. Click Start, type “%WINDIR%\system32\spool\printers” in the Start Search box and press Enter, delete all files in this folder.

5. Click Start, type “Services.msc” (without the quotation marks) in the Start Search box and press Enter.

6. Double-click “Printer Spooler” in the Services list.

7. Click on Start. In the Startup Type list, make sure that “Automatic” is selected and click OK.

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Windows 7

We finally have a licensed copy of Windows 7 that I can install and use, and I have to say that I really like it so far. I know I am behind the curve a bit, but better late than never!

We never really embraced Vista, so most of our systems have remained on XP. And while I am a bit nervous about moving everyone to Windows 7, and having to answer tons of questions about where everything has moved to, I have LOVED installing it so far.

I am finding that even on my really old systems most of the drivers installed by default work quite well and I haven’t had to use multiple computers yet to track down, download and then upload a network driver. A common problem on an XP install.

I have yet to use it a ton. . .but so far I really like what I see. It seems quick, responsive, and much less bulky than Vista or even XP.