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I have a user whom I have removed a "fake antivirus" on her machine but now her print spooler service is unable to start. I have attempted to restart the service to no avail. Is there a way to repair/reinstall the service from a xp cd?

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First, are there any specific errors you could list from the event logs? What kind of printer do you have, because HP has a tool that may help as it can fix some problems automatically (not sure if it will run otherwise).

Now that the computer is clean (hopefully you ran multiple removal tools), I would do a system restore.

I would also do sfc /scannow at a command prompt to make sure all the files are intact.

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I think that utility is for HP printers, have you used it on systems without a HP printer?..."The HP Printing Diagnostic Utility is created to diagnose and fix many common issues preventing printing from the computer. It works for many HP printing devices. " – Moab Jul 1 '11 at 14:06
@Moab I did mention that I was not sure if it would run with other printers, but that makes me wonder, what if you just installed a dummy printer on LPT1. It would not necessarily fix anything HP-related, but it might still check, and fix any Windows issues. – KCotreau Jul 1 '11 at 14:16
@Moab By the way, I just thought I would say that you and grawity are probably my favorite posters here. You guys seem to know what you are talking about. – KCotreau Jul 1 '11 at 14:27
grawity is smart, I just fake it well. ;-> Let me know if you test the HP utility on a system with another brand printer, would like to know if it checks for that before it runs. – Moab Jul 1 '11 at 14:55
@Moab I don't have any physical non-HP printers. I could do that LPT1 test with a non-HP, but then why, when I could just try it making a fake HP one for LPT1 in the first place? :) – KCotreau Jul 1 '11 at 15:16

Google FTW. The answeris, "Yes man!"

Edit: I added the post here.

  1. Put your XP CD in the CD Drive.

  2. Start > Run > EXPAND /r "TheCDDriveLetter"\i386\SPOOLSV.EX_ C:\Windows\System32

  3. Start > Run SPOOLSV.EXE /install

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Please post the contents of the link or fix you found, as we get link rot here, just posting a link as an answer is frowned upon here. – Moab Jul 1 '11 at 14:04
I'm so use to just pasting the link to give credit, rather than cut and pasting it all, but I give. – surfasb Jul 1 '11 at 19:44
Giving credit is fine, but this is not a forum, more of an ongoing wiki with community editing to improve questions or answers, and links eventually become broken, so we try to post as much info as we can. If there is a duplicate question already posted (see related on the side bar), don't answer but vote to close as duplicate. Please read the – Moab Jul 1 '11 at 20:11
@Moab: This is true. – surfasb Jul 1 '11 at 20:18

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