How to reset drivers and Settings and Stop Print Spooler Spoolsv.exe from Crashing on Startup

On a new deployment of Citrix , the Print Spooler would crash and then stop. This means you cannot remove any errored drivers. You will need to reset the Print Spooler manually in the registry

Stage 1

  1. Go into the registry by typing REGEDIT into the run dialog box
  2. Export
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print Key as a backup
  3. Navigate to the following keys:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environment\Windows NT x86  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows x64
  4. In these keys, there should be two subkeys
    Drivers ( Version 3 and Version 4 )
    Print Processors
  5. Delete Any Physical Printer Drivers you have added ( easier to re-add these then reinstalling Doc Converters )
  6. Try Starting Print Spooler to see if this fixes it

Stage 2

  1. In Explorer, rename everything in this folder
    c:\windows\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86
    and c:\windows\system32\spool\drivers\x64
  2. Try Starting Print Spooler to see if this fixes it

Stage 3

  1. Navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Monitors
  2. In this key, there should be 7 subkeys
    BJ Language Monitor
    Local Port
    Microsoft Document Imaging Writer Monitor
    Microsoft Shared Fax Monitor
    Standard TCP/IP Port
    USB Monitor
    WSD Port
  3. If there are any extra keys, export them and delete them.
  4. Try Starting Print Spooler to see if this fixes it

There is also an application that can help you with this https://github.com/jdickson289/Print-Reset-Tool/

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