Fixed: Could not start the Print Spooler service on Local Computer. Error 2: The system cannot find the file specified

When attempting to print or access printers all of them were missing.

Trying to start print spooler from services.msc and get the following error

 ”Could not start the Print Spooler service on Local Computer. Error 2: The system cannot find the file specified.”

The Fix for: Could not start the Print Spooler service on Local Computer. Error 2: The system cannot find the file specified

  1. on a similar version of windows go to C:\WINDOWS\system32\ and copy SPOOLSV.exe on to a flash drive (You can also retrieve this file from the original CD)
  2. on the computer that has the issue paste this file in to the same place.
  3. Restart computer or start print spooler from services.msc

The reason this happens

usually this happens because some malware infested the file and then the anti-virus deletes due to infection. While this is a critical file for printing it will not affect the ability for your computer to boot. This could also be caused by someone intentionally deleting the file, regardless the error states the file no longer exisit in the place the OS is looking for it. replacing the file will correct the issue.

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this has just worked for me, if you have this problem, give this a try:

on the windows cd, copy SPOOLSV.EXE to C:\WINDOWS\system32. make sure the extension is exe (you might have to left click the file and add the last e), double click it.

right click my computer, click manage, on the left click services and applications, click services. on the right side, look for print spooler, double left click on it, select start, close the system services window.

this should fix that problem.

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