Tech Tip: Move the printer spool folder to improve performance

By default, Windows Server 2003 places the printer spool folder at %systemroot%\System32\Spool\Printers. However, you can potentially increase system performance by moving the printer spool files to a different drive than the one that holds the operating system.

Computers frequently access system files, so moving the printer files to a different location allows faster access to those files. The drive won't have to try to service requests simultaneously.

To change the location for the printer spooler files, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Start | Printers And Faxes.
  2. From the File menu, select Server Properties.
  3. On the Advanced tab, type the location where you would like to spool print jobs. If the location doesn't exist, this process will create it for you. Make sure the new location has sufficient disk space to handle large print jobs.
  4. Stop and restart the printer spooler service, or reboot the server.

On the services list, you'll find the spooler service under Print Spooler.

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