What is the Print Spooler (Spooler) service?

An explanation of the Print Spooler (Spooler) service in Windows 7.

What does the Print Spooler (Spooler) service do?

The Print Spooler (Spooler) service holds documents in memory until the printer is ready for them.

Print Spooler (Spooler) service details

  • Service name: Spooler
  • Description: Loads files to memory for later printing.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\System32\spoolsv.exe
  • Startup type: Automatic

Does my computer need the Print Spooler (Spooler) service?

Your computer does need the Print Spooler service to run.

Should I disable the Print Spooler (Spooler) service?

First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. With that said; I would leave the Print Spooler service alone unless you don’t have a printer and will never have a printer hooked up to the computer.

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