Guidelines for Resolving Printer Problems

Printers are one of the key hardware peripherals that are attached to computers. They are extremely popular in the business world and can be termed as a lifeline of many business organizations. A computer printer needs regular maintenance to ensure that it is free of problems. While business users have the luxury of their IT department or an outside expert to regularly maintain their printers, home PC users have to take this initiative themselves.

This means that as a common user you need to educate yourself about the potential causes of printer-related errors. Printers are not only prone to hardware problems, but there could also be several other issues, such as EXE file errors or driver errors that may hamper normal functioning. While it is advisable to contact a printer expert for hardware related issues, a lot of software issues can be resolved with the help of the guidelines listed below.

Let us first take a look at how printing jobs are handled. When you give a command to print, the print tasks are spooled and temporary spools files are created and stored on your computer’s hard disk or in memory until the printer is ready to print them. On successful completion of the printing job these files are automatically deleted. In case these spool files fail to delete, the printer spool folder may fill up and cause spoolsv.exe error. Often times, you may find the spoolsv.exe process using 99% or 100% of CPU resources, making your PC unstable. You can correct this by deleting all the unwanted files from printer spooler. Just go to the C:\Windows\system32\spool\Printers folder and remove all files located in it.

Many other exe problems may occur if your driver is corrupt or outdated. You can fix these errors by downloading the latest drivers from the vendor’s website and installing them on your PC.

Like all other software present on your machine, printer drivers are also registered in the Windows registry. You may encounter problems with your printer in case entries related to printer driver are corrupt or if your registry is damaged. To prevent printing errors due to registry problems, we recommend you use an advanced registry cleaning tool to run a deep scan of your registry for incorrect entries. A good registry cleaner helps you identify all errors and fix them with just a few mouse clicks.

You may also encounter printer errors if the EXE and other printer driver files are infected with a virus. To determine whether your printer files are healthy or not, we recommend you scan your PC for infections, using an advanced antivirus tool. In case you find any infected files, promptly repair them using the tool.

Always remember that with a little understanding and a bit of maintenance, the average computer user can easily maintain and enjoy a trouble free printer.

Paul Westfield

Paul is an IT Professional with 18 years experience. Dedicated to enabling people to get the most out of their computers.

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