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My print spooler has suddenly stopped working on Win 7.

There are no printers visible in Devices and Printers though the total count is still there. When I go to Add a printer i receive the error:

Windows can't open Add Printer. The local print spooler service is not running. 
Please restart the spooler or restart the machine

And then when I look at the running services Spooler says:

Failed to Read Description. Error Code: 193

I don't know where to start!


When starting manually, I get this error:

Windows could not start the Spooler service on Local Computer.

Error 1058: The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.
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Is that error what you receive when you try to start it manually? –  Kyle May 16 '11 at 17:56
@Kyle, added the error I get when manually starting to the question. Cheers –  Alan Whitelaw May 16 '11 at 18:18
Make sure the service is set to login as local system, interact with the desktop, and that it is set to automatic. –  Kyle May 16 '11 at 18:19
Yes @Kyle, it has all those settings, in fact all the start, stop... buttons are greyed out now –  Alan Whitelaw May 16 '11 at 18:22
Well everything is configured right maybe something is wrong with windows. Try running sfc/scannow in an elevated cmd window. –  Kyle May 16 '11 at 18:37

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