Print Spooler Service Defaults in Windows 8

This service spools print jobs and handles interaction with the printer. If you turn off this service, you won't be able to print or see your printers.

Default Settings

Startup type: Automatic
Display name:Print Spooler
Service name:Spooler
Service type:interact
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Spooler
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeAuditPrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege
  • SeLoadDriverPrivilege

Default Behavior

The Print Spooler service is an interactive service that shows notifications and message boxes when necessary. In Windows 8 it is starting automatically during the operating system startup. If Print Spooler fails to start, the error details are added to Windows 8 error log. When the operating system startup is complete, the user is being notified that the Spooler service hasn't been started.


Print Spooler can't start, if any service from the list below is disabled or not available:

If Print Spooler is disabled, the Fax service will not be started and initialized.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of Print Spooler

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Print Spooler depends are configured by default and function properly. See the list of dependencies above.

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config Spooler start= auto
sc start Spooler

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The Spooler service is using the spoolsv.exe file that is located in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows 8 installation media.