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How to Stop the Print Spooler on a Windows XP Computer

The print spooler is one of the most important services that run on your computer, and it is important to know how to stop and start it when you need to. When you try to add a printer and receive an error message, or if you get an error message when you try to add a printer, chances are that the print spooler is behaving erratically. Stopping and starting the service is an excellent troubleshooting tool, and in many cases simply stopping and restarting the spooler will resolve the issue.

To stop the print spooler on your Windows XP computer, just follow these simple steps:
1. Log on to your computer and click the "Start" button. Look for the "Control Panel" option on the right hand side of the screen and click it to open the control panel.
2. Locate the "Administrative Tools" option and double-click it. Double-click on the "Services" icon and locate the Print Spooler service. If the Administrative Tools option is not visible, click the "Classic View" button to see all the icons. This might be necessary on some installations of Windows XP.
3. Highlight the "Print Spooler" service, right-click on it and choose "Stop." Wait for the service to stop.
4. Highlight the "Print Spooler" service again, right-click and choose "Start" to restart the print spooler service.


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