Print Spooler ProblemsLocked
I am having a problem with the print spooler service not starting in XP home. As a result the 3 printers that I have been using no longer appear in the printers section of printers and fax. I tried reinstalling the printers but when I click on add aprinter I get an error “Operation could not be completed” This happens 1/2 second after I click on add a new printer.
I traced the problem to the print spooler not starting. I have tried starting it manually and it errors out. “Could not start print spooler service on Local Computer. Error 1059: Circular service dependency was specified” I have tried numerous reboots, restore points and removing printers as per MSKB 324757. Still I have no luck.
I did notice that when I look at the print spooler in the services tab of MSCONFIG, it is listed as unknown in the manufacturers column. I checked on other computers and they list print spooler as a MS product.
MY QUESTION: Is there a way to remove this Unknown print spooler and replace it with what i think would be the correct one from Microsoft. I am hoping this is possible with out having to reformat and reinstall XP!