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Printers Disappear From Printer Folder

By arquimedespaschoal ·
Recently I formatted my HDD, installed WinXP/Sp2, Office 2000 and AVG 7.0 Free Edition. After that, I noticed that (sometimes) all printers (including local ones) disappear. If I go to services (Administrative Tools) and stop Printer Spooler and start it again all the printers come back allowing me to print successfully. What?s happening?

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by Kvetsh In reply to Printers Disappear From P ...


The usual reason that the Print Spooler service is not running is because a printer driver has failed, either during its initialization or when you tried to print on a printer that uses that driver.

FIX: stop & start (restart) the Printer Spooler service

Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services

OR at the Command Prompt type:
net stop spooler
net start spooler

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