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Searched and didn't see it... but was wondering if Ccleaner will clear out the printer spool? so there is no record of past jobs... ?

 

 

-playr101

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To clear this location, the "Print Spooler" service has to be stopped, and obviously started again to enable you to print. Not something CCleaner could do.

 

I have found a couple of batch files which do what you require:

 

net stop spooler

rmdir C:\Windows\System32\Spool\Printers /s /q

mkdir C:\Windows\System32\Spool\Printers

net start spooler

exit

 

or

 

net stop spooler

del %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\spool\PRINTERS\*.* /q /s

net start spooler

 

They both seem to do the job, so just copy and paste one of them into notepad, and save as SpoolClear.bat, or whatever you want to call them, as long as they end with .bat, and then double click the bat file to stop the Print Spooler service, clear the job list, and restart the service.

 

This is also supposed to be a fix for when pending print jobs "hang". Never had it happen, but Sods Law is now gonna jump up and bite me.

 

Hope this helps.

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That batch file direectly helps me! I have users here at work who run into printer jams all the time and the documents get stuck in the queue. I have to manually go into cmd prompt and stop the Printer Spooler service. This will make my life much easier. Never thought to make it into a batch file. Thanks Dennis! :D

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I think Dell had something that used to get rid of those too, many years ago. It's something that isn't obvious to the user unless using some software specifically designed to detect it and offer to remove it.

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Those bat files are nice but limited in their use. :(

I've seen other things around but you have to buy them to do the above and more...would it be better to purchase something better? These bat files feel very much like you "get what you pay for"...is this true?

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