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How to fix Print Spooler error 1053

The full message states Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely manner. This error is commonly seen while trying to launch a new printer task or to install a new printer. The error Print Spooler error 1053 appears when the spooler service cannot value its status in service control manager.

Print Spooler error 1053

When unable to perform print commands the system reports to the user by this message. This error can be shown due to damaged or modified spooler files, which can happen because of malware activity, or failures either in dependency service or in spooler system itself.

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Fix Print Spooler error 1053 manually

  1. Update the system
  2. The error is marked to have a connection with Windows Updates, as it emerges right after the updates installation. During the updates concerning the spooler service, some of the files occasionally can be replaced. Another Windows Update may solve the issue.

    • Initiate the search for update
    • Click on Windows Update
    • On the left panel choose Check for Updates
    • In the appeared list you’ll see available updates
    • Check the boxes with the drivers you would like to install
    • Click OK

  3. Use 'services.msc'
    • Launch the Run command by pressing Win+R
    • Type services.msc and hit Enter
    • Locate Print Spooler service and double-click it
    • Go to the Log on tab
    • Deselect the Allow service to interact with desktop box and confirm the choice by clicking Apply
    • Go to the General tab and click Start

  4. Now you need to re-register the spooler files
    • Go to the C:\Windows\System32 folder
    • Locate two files spoolsv.exe and Spoolss.dll
    • Right-click spoolsv.exe and choose Properties
    • Go to the Security tab
    • Click on the Advanced button
    • In the opened window go to the Owner tab
    • Click Edit and select Administrators
    • Confirm the choice
    • Go to the Permission tab and click Change Permission
    • Type Everyone and click OK
    • Tick all the boxes and click OK again
    • Repeat the same for Spoolss.dll

    After a reboot you shall be able to successfully print the pages without seeing 1053 code error.
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