Print Spooler

Services This one is pretty easy to understand. If you need to print (note that not all print devices are physical printers, they could be XPS or PDF writers, etc), you need this service. If you never print, you can disable this service and save around 3-4MB of RAM. You can also disable this service temporarily by typing Net Stop Spooler at a command prompt with administrative rights (Net Start Spooler will start it up again).

Display Name:
Print Spooler
Service Name:
Process Name:
Loads files to memory for later printing.
Path to Executable:
Default Startup:
  • Home Basic: Automatic
  • Home Premium: Automatic
  • Business: Automatic
  • Enterprise: Automatic
  • Ultimate: Automatic
Log On As:
Local System Account
Desktop Interaction:
Depends On:
  • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
    • DCOM Server Process Launcher
Required For:
  • Fax

4 Replies to “Print Spooler”

  1. What if you have the opposite problem and the print spooler needs to be manually started every time you want to use a printer?

  2. Hi,

    I f i want to get the notification when the Print Spooler service will be stopped or restarted. Is there any way to get a notification when any application or user start/stop/restart this service programmitically.

    Thanks in advance.


  3. Create a batch file to start and/or stop the service this will clear print jobs and fix any freezing problems you may have

Leave a Reply