JSI Tip 4900. Spoolsv.exe has generated errors and will be closed by Windows?

When you open the Printers window on your Windows 2000 Professional Start menu, or when you try to print, you receive the subject error message or one of the following:

Printer operation cannot continue due to lack of resources.

Subsystem unavailable.

These errors are indicative of a damaged printer driver.

To fix the problem:

1. Right-click each printer in the Printers window and press Delete. Press Yes when prompted.

2. Right-click Printers and press Open.

3. In the File menu, press Server Properties.

4. Select the Drivers tab and Remove all the drivers, pressing Yes when prompted.

5. For safe-keeping, use Regedit to export:


6. Delete any sub-keys, if they exists, from:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers\Version-2
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers\Version-3
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers\Version-2
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers\Version-3

6. Delete any non-default sub-keys from:


    The default monitors are:

        AppleTalk Printing Devices
        Local Port
        PJL Language Monitor
        Standard TCP/IP Port
        USB Monitor
        Windows NT Fax Monitor

7. Delete any sub-keys from:


8. Exit the Registry Editor and shutdown / Restart your computer.

9. Install any necessary printers.

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