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printer is missing from my computer

By heather.smith ·
I have xp home, when i start up my computer i have no printers, but when i go to run or comand prompt and type net start spooling...ta da! i have both my printers. i have checked the services prior to useing this command and it says that they are already running and set to auto start. i have even tried to restart them from there but that does not seem to work. this is more of a irritation than anything else but just wondered if they is any way i could make them start with out doing the comand thing?

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by willcomp In reply to printer is missing from m ...

Are they local or network printers? How configured?

Dalton

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to printer is missing from m ...

Could be a faulty printer driver thats preventing the spooler from starting. Download latest driver from printer's website.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to printer is missing from m ...

Hi

As a temporary measure you could place a batch file in your startup folder. Type this:

@echo off
net start spooling
exit

into notepad and save it as filename.bat, place it in Startup. Also - spooling?? are you sure this is what you type?

It will save you the hassle of typing it out each time until the problem is sorted out.

Good luck

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thanks 150 points

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by heather.smith In reply to printer is missing from m ...

This printer is my local printer, usb pluged in and the driver is the current version. had this same problem with a older version hp printer that i could not seem to update the driver so bought a new hp printer, to replace it. same problem when i set it up it worked great, but when i restarted it was gone.

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by heather.smith In reply to printer is missing from m ...

also the comand is "net start spooler" but the batch file idea is great! any other sugestions to accually solve the problem would be greatly apreciated.
I might mention this system is conected to a wireless router, then the cable router so that my laptop, located down stairs can access the internet. Since my upgrade to xp we have never been able to set up file shareing or printer service to that laptop, but not a big issue.

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by willcomp In reply to printer is missing from m ...

This is a bit of a stretch, but may be worth a try since Print Spooler is dependent upon RPC. Of note is that you can start service manually as user.

http://techrepublic.com.com/i/tr/downloads/home/resolve_windows_rpc_errors.pdf

Dalton

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by willcomp In reply to printer is missing from m ...

I posted a response earlier today. If it does not reappear by tomorrow, will repost. Disappearing responses has been a problem recently on TR. Staff is supposedly working on it.

Dalton

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