Unsticking a print job in Windows XP

I never understood why it takes so long to delete a print job that is stuck in a Windows XP print queue. Anyway over at Gizmo Grabowski’s web log, there is a multi-step process to recovering from a stuck print job.

1. On the taskbar, click Start, and then click Run.

2. Enter the following:

net stop spooler (and hit enter)

3. Delete all files in the following folder:

C:\Windows\System32\Spool\Printers

4. Once the spool files are deleted, start the spooler again:

net start spooler

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