How To Fix Windows 10 Print Spooler Using 100% CPU
“Hi Wally, My computer’s printer spooler is using around 30% of resources. This has started happening since I upgraded to Windows 10. In other versions of Windows, I used to be able to restart the print spooler service but I can’t find it in Windows 10. Please Help!” – Angela W., USA
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- Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
- Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
- Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.
Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.
Wally’s Answer: Windows 10 has seen a rapid adoption rate. Microsoft shared its statistics and claims that around 75 million activations had already taken place one month after the launch of Windows 10.
No software product is perfect, and Windows 10 is no different. It seems that some people are having problems with the print spooler in Windows 10. Here we will try to help you regarding this issue.
The print spooler service malfunctions in Windows 10.
Here are some ways to fix the print spooler problem in Windows 10:
How To Access Services In Windows 10?
You can access Windows 10 services by following these steps (The process is the same as it was in Windows 7 and Windows 8):
- Press the Windows Key+R > type services.msc > press Enter
- Press ‘P‘ to find Print Spooler
- Right-click Print Spooler > click Restart.
If this does not solve the problem, then follow the next instructions.
Microsoft’s Own Troubleshooting Tools
Microsoft provides support on its website for printer related problems. Just Google/Bing the problem and include the word Microsoft in your search. Follow instructions on Microsoft’s website. It may tell you to use the Printing Troubleshooter Tool to fix the problem. Be aware that you might need to reinstall your printers once you use this tool, although most printers are plug-and-play anyways, so you’re probably only going to have to restart the printer to get it working again.
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Is Your PC Healthy?
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