What is spoolsv.exe

spoolsv.exe is the executable file which handles the printing jobs. With more spoolsv.exe running behind and when we give print command and it starts working. We can find it in the Task Manager panel. Though it is not that essential executable file but while a printing operation is going on then its proper running is quite important.

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Now more specifically we can see that when we give command to print some documents we don’t have to wait for each print to be done. Meanwhile we can continue our other tasks and the printer prints the documents.

This is called printer spooler operation, when multiple files are being print they are temporarily stored in the buffer memory of the printer and the spoolsv.exe file executes the sequential operation i.e. files are being stored in a queue and being printed accordingly.

So as we can see now that spoolsv.exe is an important executable file for printing operation.

spoolsv.exe Platform

Microsoft Windows OS (Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 etc.)

spoolsv.exe Path


Problems with spoolsv.exe

As spoolsv.exe is associated with printing job so malfunction of this file will lead us to malfunctioning printing jobs. Additionally when this file is running, sometimes we can see that CPU usage has gone up to almost 100%. So it is also a reason for worry.


There are several reasons for spoolsv.exe to work in an unusual manner.

  1. The main reason is virus infection, malware attack.
  2. The other reason is the huge pile of spooled data remained in the C:WindowsSystem32SpoolPrinters folder. These are .SHD and SPL files.

Solution for spoolsv.exe Problem

The solutions for these errors are not so difficult to perform. There are some processes that can fix the problem.

  1. First of all we have to delete the spooled data remained on the C:WindowsSystem32SpoolPrinters folder. Before doing so we have to stop the spoolsv.exe service in the Task Manager panel.
  • Press Alt+Ctrl+Del button and go to Task Manager. Then we have to right click on the spoolsv.exe service and when the window comes with option “End process”, we have to left click that
  • Afterwards we have to go the C:WindowsSystem32SpoolPrinters folder and delete all the spooled data.
  1. We can also download a repair tool that can fix the error. The link is given http://www.exe-error-fixes.com/rd/registry_download/
  2. And last but not the least if we use a good antivirus and registry error fix tool then we have to worry less. The links are given for these tools. For antivirus recommended by PCMAG.COM we can use http://us.norton.com/ and for registry repair recommended by CNET.COM we can use http://www.iobit.com/advancedsystemcareper.html

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