The print spooler is the component of the printer that stores the information on what the printer is going to print. The print spooler is the software that makes it possible for you to queue printing jobs and the printer still knows what to print. Without the spooler there would be no memory of what to print next, and the printer would have to print at the same time that you select the document that you want printed.
Regardless of when you plan on using the printer, or even if you’ve turned the printer on or not, the print spooler begins running at the computer’s startup and will continue running until the computer is turned off again.
The following tutorial demonstrates how to reset and clear the print spooler when you’re using a version of the Windows 10 operating system.
How to Reset and Clear Print Spooler in Command Prompt
Here’s how you can reset and clear the print spooler in Windows 10:
1. Open the elevated Command Prompt.
2. Enter the following three commands into the command prompt window and then press “Enter” after each command:
net stop spooler
DEL /F /S /Q %systemroot%\System32\spool\PRINTERS\*
net start spooler
You can now close the Command Prompt window.