Spooler subsystem app has encountered a problem and needs to close

How pleasant is that?

We had a system run into this error and, once again, I was hit with an error I’ve never seen before.  (Thanks Microsoft!)

Anyway, I tried the usual methods (rebooting, stopping-starting the print spooler, etc) and then found a lengthy article which didn’t help at all.  However, in a comment about 3 pages down on that article, was a link to this Microsoft Support page.  It explains the issue fully and even includes a “Microsoft Fix it” tool to do the work.  I ran the tool in “full” mode and after it failed, I rebooted and ran it again just for good measure and it worked perfectly.

Thanks, Microsoft!  (in a good way)   One thing odd is that, out of habit I emailed myself the link so I’d have it and then later I was looking for it via Google and I could not find the fix.   I had the email, which is quite lucky, though.

In any case, if you have XP and run into a “spooler subsystem app”, this fix might help.


3 responses to “Spooler subsystem app has encountered a problem and needs to close

  1. spooler subsystem app stopped working

    Thanks for the info, Ive been looking for more info on this error for ages.

  2. I’m glad you found it useful! Thanks for the visit.

  3. check this article – short and useful information on how to fix spooler error


    Also there is a video that shows free Microsoft tools that help in such cases:

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