How do you restart a Lexmark print spooler?


Quick Answer

To restart the print spooler service when using a Lexmark printer, access the Administrative Tools section in the Control Panel, stop the service, then start it again. If this doesn’t work, access the Services console, and restart the service from there. Alternatively, use the “net stop spooler” and “net start spooler” commands in the Command Prompt to force a restart.

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Open the Control Panel from the Start menu, and click the Administrative Tools link. Double-click the Services icon, find and highlight the Print Spooler option, click the Stop link, then click Start once the service stops. Alternatively, double-click on Print Spooler, and click the Stop and Start buttons to restart it. If using Windows 7 or a newer version, click the Restart link immediately. To access the Services consoles via the Run dialog box, press "R" while holding down the Windows key, type “services.msc” in the empty field, and click OK.

To access the Command Prompt, click the Start button, type “cmd” in the search field, right-click the Cmd icon, and select the Run as Administrator option. Type “net stop spooler” as the first line, and press Enter. Once the Command Prompt window displays the message that the service has stopped successfully, type “net start spooler”, press Enter, and close the Command Prompt once the service starts again. This should resolve issues regarding the responsiveness of the print queue and printer driver performance.

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