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.