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Print Spooler Errors on Disabled Print Spooler (windows 2000)

Mark Kruger February 27, 2006 1:48 PM Hosting and Networking Comments (3)

One of the things you do to fine tune the performance of a server is to turn off unnecessary services. This frees up resources for your primary application. Unless the server in question is a print server you should turn off the print spooler service. On a windows 2000 server this sometimes results in annoying "printer not found" type errors in your windows event viewer. To get rid of them, use the following steps:

  • Start the print spooler service if it is not already running.
  • Go to Start-Programs-settings-printers.
  • Choose File-Server Properties from the menu.
  • Click on the "advanced" tab and "de-select" all the checkboxes listed there.
Don't forget to recheck these boxes if you ever do want to print from this server. Happy non-printing.

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    Julian | 2/28/06 2:15 AM
    Those ugly red events have been bugging me for years. Just thought they were something I had to live with. Cheers, Mark.
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    Julian | 2/28/06 6:31 AM
    Actually, that doesn't seemed to have stopped the event log errors. Does it require a reboot, Mark?
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    Julian | 2/28/06 8:13 AM
    Looks like we're talking about different error events. Good tip anyway Mark and I agree the service shouldn't normally need to be running on a web server.