How To Enable Print Spooler Service On Windows 11

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A critical component of daily computer duties is printing papers, and Windows 11's Print Spooler service is essential to ensure smooth printing operations. However, there may be times when the Print Spooler service is deactivated, which can cause problems with printing and be inconvenient. In this blog post, we'll look at four quick ways to turn on Windows 11's Print Spooler service so you can print without any problems.

Utilizing Services Manager 

Access the Services Manager 

Your keyboard's "Windows + R" key will launch the Run dialog box. To launch the Services Manager, enter "services.msc" and press "Enter".

Locate the Print Spooler Service 

Find "Print Spooler" in the list of services by scrolling down in the Services Manager window.

Turn on the Print Spooler Service 

Click "Print Spooler" with the right mouse button and choose "Properties" from the context menu. Set the "Startup type" to "Automatic" in the Properties box, then click the "Start" button to activate the service. Click "Apply" once more, followed by "OK" to save the changes.

Using Command Prompt 

Launch a command prompt

To launch an elevated Command Prompt, press "Windows + X" on your keyboard and choose "Command Prompt (Admin)".

Execute Commands

Type the following commands one at a time into the Command Prompt window, pressing "Enter" after each one:

net start spooler

sc config spooler start= auto

Verify the Changes 

Open the Services Manager (as described in Method 1) and check the "Startup type" for the "Print Spooler" service to see if it has been enabled.

Using Windows PowerShell 

Start Windows PowerShell 

Simply enter "PowerShell" in the Windows search box, right-click "Windows PowerShell," and choose "Run as administrator."

Carry out Orders

Enter the following commands one at a time in the elevated PowerShell window, pressing "Enter" after each one:

Set-Service -Name Spooler -StartupType Automatic

Start-Service -Name Spooler

Verify the Modifications

The Print Spooler service should now be enabled. To check, open the Services Manager using Method 1 and look up the "Startup type."

Utilizing Group Policy Editor 

Open Group Policy Editor

To open the Group Policy Editor, hit "Windows + R" on your keyboard, enter "gpedit.msc," and click "Enter."

Navigate to the Print Spooler Settings 

Navigate to "Computer Configuration" > "Windows Settings" > "Security Settings" > "System Services" in the Group Policy Editor box.

Make Print Spooler active

Right-click on "Print Spooler" in the list of services and choose "Properties." To enable the service, select "Automatic" as the "Startup type" in the Properties box and click "OK".


To provide flawless printing functionality on Windows 11, the Print Spooler service must be enabled. We've provided four simple ways to enable the Print Spooler service in this blog post. You can easily fix any printing troubles and take advantage of seamless, uninterrupted printing on your Windows 11 PC by according to these detailed guidelines. Whatever technique you prefer—Services Manager, Command Prompt, PowerShell, or Group Policy Editor—these will all enable you to quickly set up and operate your print spooler.

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