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Error starting "Print Spooler" Services

By vinh.le ·
Hi, I've recently experience the following Event Log error messages when trying to stop/restart the Print Spooler Services. Extensive search on both Microsoft Knowledge Base and TechNET did not result in any related article. If anyone has knowledge of or experienced similar problem, please advise...
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Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event I 7023
Date: 3/5/2002
Time: 11:05:54 AM
User: N/A
Computer: MICROBREW
Description:
The Print Spooler service terminated with the following error:
The access code is invalid.
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Regards,
Vinh Le
San Jose, California

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by vinh.le In reply to Error starting "Print Spo ...

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Error starting "Print Spo ...

I looked around some and found a reference to this error happening if you have Norton Utilities installed.
If you do, then you need to stop WinFax from loading from the StartUp folder. The file is WFXCTL32.EXE. Remove it from the Startup, or open the REgistry and remove it from starting on boot.
You could also open Task Manager and see if it is running and End Task it. Then try to start the Print Spooler.

hope this helps.

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by vinh.le In reply to Error starting "Print Spo ...

I don't believe this apply to the problem at hand. The only Symantec software running on our server is pcAnywhere. I did however, found two articles today on Microsoft relating to "Unknown printer driver" and "Print Spooler redirected when connectvia Terminal Services". These problem could inadvertently cause the Print Spooler Service to error out.
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SYMPTOMS
When a Terminal Services client connects to a Terminal Services server, the local printer on the client computermay be redirected to the server as a printer with ports ranging from TS000 to TS999 for the logged-on user. If a print spooler stops working or if the server is restarted, print jobs that are sent to such printers are restarted after the print spooler is restarted and the port name is reconnected. However, the printer may not be the same Terminal Services client printer and the print jobs may be printed on a different client computer.
URL: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q313733
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Here is the Microsoft Article stating that the message actually mean "The printer driver is unknown". Here is the URL: http://support.microsoft.com/search/preview.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q165082
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