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Print Spooler (System Services for the Windows Server 2003 Family and Windows XP Operating Systems)

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Service Name: Spooler

Executable Name: spoolsv.exe

Log On As: LocalSystem

Description: The Print Spooler service manages all local and network print queues and controls all print jobs. The print spooler is the center of the Windows printing subsystem. It manages the print queues on the system and communicates with printer drivers and input/output (I/O) components (for example, the USB port and the TCP/IP protocol suite).

For more information about the Print Spooler service, see the Server Management Guide of the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit (or see the Server Management Guide on the Web at

If this service is stopped, both printing and faxing on the local computer are unavailable.

This service will not automatically start if it is stopped when it has either the Automatic or Manual startup types.

If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on this service will fail to start.

Available on: Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition and Windows Server 2003, Web Edition.

Installed through: Default operating system installation

Startup type: Automatic

Service status: Started

This service depends on the following system components:

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

The following system components depend on this service:


Print Server for Macintosh

TCP/IP Print Server

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