How to Disable Spoolsv.Exe


When you print a document on your Windows-based computer, the document is not sent directly to the printer. The document is first processed through Spoolsv.exe, a program that checks the document for programming errors and to see if the printer can handle the document. Spoolsv.exe allows you to send a document to the printer as you continue working on other documents or programs. The program keeps your system from being tied up. You can disable the Spoolsv.exe file if you don't want to use background printing or you have been experiencing errors with the Spoolsv.exe program.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer running Windows operating system
  • Click “Start” and “Control Panel.”

  • Click on “Administrative Tools.”

  • Click on “Services.” The “Services” dialog box will open.

  • Scroll down the right pane to “Printer Spooler.”

  • Select “Disable” from the pull-down box next to the wording “Startup Type.”

  • Click “Stop” under the heading “Service status:.”

  • Click on the “Recovery” tab.

  • Select “Take No Action” from the pull-down box next to the wording “First failure,” “Second failure,” “Subsequent failures.”

  • Click “Apply” and “OK.”

  • Click on the “X” located in the upper-right-hand corner of the “Services” box to close the dialog box.

    You have now disabled Spoolsv.exe.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may notice your computer running slow whenever you send a document to the printer. Your computer's main processor is now having to process all printing functions directly.

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