Print Spooler Error 1053


You try to print and receive the message: “Print Spooler Error 1053”.

You may also get the following message if you attempt to restart the Print Spooler service:

“Windows could not start the Print Spooler service on Local Computer.
Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely manner.”


  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Type services.exe press Enter.
  3. Once the Services window appears, look for “Print Spooler” and double click on it.
  4. Click on the Log On tab and uncheck the checkbox “Allow service to interact with desktop” and click OK.
  5. Click on the General tab.
  6. Click on the Start button.
  7. Once the service has started, you can click OK and close Services.


  1. WOW! I am so thankful for your post. Just one day when I tried printing the error popped up printer not installed; well that was ridiculous, this just could not be. After calling HP and Microsoft (wanted to charge me $99) to fix remotely, however I was emailed a troubleshoot link which did not tell me how to fix the problem. So, I turned to my trusted google search and found your post. My printer is now working again. Thank you so much.

  2. Excellent. This solved my problem as well. Am adding this to my list of tips and tricks.


  3. Thank you! I was hoping there was an easy fix to this problem and here it is! Your the best!

  4. Thankyou, the computer i had trouble with was in our dairy where there is no internet connection. your solution was so easy to fix the problem again thankyou

  5. I visited dozens of forum including the official Microsoft forum and got no answer until I found you. Thank God!

  6. THANK YOU! I having been searching the web for hours trying to find out how to fix this problem!:( These simple steps and wa la! I am glad that someone out there is willing to be kind enough to share info. for free. It was so easy! I am sure I would have been charged a gracious amount of $ for someone else to fix it!

    Thanks again!!

  7. Worked for me too. HP tech support wanted to charge me $99 to help solve such a simple problem-unbelievable. Thanks so much!

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