How to Clear Current Print Queue In Windows Vista & Windows 7

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While printing documents one after the other in Windows Vista / Windows 7, your print job may get stuck sometime. It could hang all the other jobs because Windows stores them in the print queue or spooler.

The best solution to get rid of this problem is to delete all the current print jobs in the print spooler service. But before deleting them and clearing the print queue, you have to stop the service. Here is a step by step guide to stop print spooler, delete all the current print queues and start it again.

1. Click on “Start” button. Type Services in the search box. Press enter.

windows services

2. A Services console will open. Scroll down for “Print Spooler”.

print spooler service

3. Right click on it and select “Stop”. It will stop the spooler service. Since the spooler is stopped, it will not accept and print job.


4. Go to C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\PRINTERS and delete all the files inside the folder. This step will clear all the current print jobs.

Note: This step will delete all the currently processed print jobs.

delete print jobs

5. Go back to Services console. Right-click on Print spooler service and select “Start”.

start print spooler

Your print queue is cleared now. You can start printing your documents again. If your printer gets stuck often, you could make use of this technique.

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  1. catester says:

    I’ve had a lot of success with a little program called Stalled Printer Repair from Jason Von Ruden at You can install it or use it as a portable app. I have not tried it with Windows 7 yet, but it should work. I have used it on XP and Vista (and Vista 64-bit) systems. It is here:

  2. Maneesha says:

    Thnx a lot.The technique helped.

  3. Bkelly says:

    This worked great! I recall having these issues with XP, Vista and now Windows 7. You would think there would be an easier fix – or at least make the fix easier to find in Help. Best yet – fix the problem Microsoft!

  4. Nsimons says:

    Thank you, thank you thank you!!!

  5. Zkristo says:

    u r the best!!!! worked first time. thank you, thank you…..zk

  6. engin says:

    Thanks for that, if you are using a remote desktop option and you have no privilege on the computer? Then what can we do? I could not run “services” command there? it does not open. thanks

  7. shouldHaveSeenThatComing says:

    All I wanted to do was clear my queue. Now I don’t have any printers installed on my computer. Guess I better start looking for drivers :/

  8. VistaDude says:

    I wish I had found this sooner – worked like a charm!

  9. Jeane says:

    very simple…to the point….worked perfect….I wish I found this web page an hour ago

  10. JJ says:


  11. CMS says:

    Worked like a charm! Thanks.

  12. bartor says:

    This was awesome!! Thanks so much:)

  13. Sheila says:

    Worked like a charm. Thank you!

  14. Tim Brown says:

    It worked for me on Vista. Thanks!