Hmm; maybe, but I've got a computer here with no printers installed, and spooler
runs from startup. I think it has to run anyway, so that you can add a printer
and print without restarting...
Jesse: this is from Q177785, "Event ID 7000: Spooler service failed to
start..." I'd try this if you haven't already... let us know if it changes
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When you start Windows NT, you may receive the following error message:
At least one service or driver failed during system startup.
Use Event Viewer to examine the event log for details.
When this occurs, you may see the following error message in the system log in
Event ID: 7000
Source: Service Control Manager
Description: Spooler service failed to start due to the following
error: The system cannot find the file specified.
This behavior can occur if either of the following files is missing or damaged:
To resolve this issue, expand a new copy of the Spoolss.dll and Spoolss.exe
files from your Windows NT CD-ROM to your %SystemRoot%\System32 folder. To do
so, follow these steps:
1. If a Spoolss.dll file or a Spoolss.exe file already exists in the
%SystemRoot%\System32 folder, rename the file.
2. At a command prompt, change to the <cd-rom>:\<platform> folder,
where <cd-rom> is your CD-ROM drive and <platform> is the
computer platform you are using. Use the I386 folder for Intel-based
3. To expand the Spoolss.dll file, type the following command:
"expand spoolss.dl_ %SystemRoot%\system32\spoolss.dll" (without the quotation
4. To expand the Spoolss.exe file, type the following command:
"expand spoolss.ex_ %SystemRoot%\system32\spoolss.exe" (without the quotation
5. Type "exit" (without the quotation marks), and then press ENTER.
6. Restart your computer.
> It may be t'other way around. No printers installed, so why should the
> spooler bother to wake up? Nothing to spool as far as its concerned, right?