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How To Fix Windows 10 Print Spooler Using 100% CPU

Reader Question:
“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

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win7, XP, Vista – 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.

Problem

The print spooler service malfunctions in Windows 10.

Solution

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):

  1. Press the Windows Key+R > type services.msc > press Enter
  2. Press ‘P‘ to find Print SpoolerWindows 10 - Print Spooler - Administrative Tools - Services -- WindowsWally
  3. Right-click Print Spooler > click Restart.Print Spooler - Administrative Tools - Services - Restart - WindowsWally

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.

Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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Windows Wally is a helpful guy. It’s just in his nature. It’s why he started a blog in the first place. He heard over and over how hard it was to find simple, plain-English solutions to Windows troubleshooting problems on the Internet. Enter: Windows Wally. Ask away, and he will answer.