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What is a spool 32 error in Windows ME?

by Plata / October 7, 2004 5:06 AM PDT

Today the computer showed a Spool 32 error when I started it, what should I do? I am using Windows ME?


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Re: What is a spool 32 error in Windows ME?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 7, 2004 5:15 AM PDT

I usually reboot and see if it does it then.

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Re: What is a spool 32 error in Windows ME?
by Plata / October 7, 2004 4:47 PM PDT

Yeah, I rebooted and the message hasn't repeated.

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Re: What is a spool 32 error in Windows ME?
by Kees Bakker / October 7, 2004 5:44 AM PDT

I fully agree with Bob on the second question. If the error continues, post back with more details inspired by the remainder of this post.

However, when posting errors in this forum, take care to quote errors as exactly as possible, without typos. "A spool 32 error" certainly isn't exact (because of space too much) and doesn't tell what error (there could be more spool32 errors, couldn't there?).

That being said, spooling is the normal way to print. First the program (say MS Word, or Paint) prints to the background program, then that program prints to the printer. So you can continue to work with MS Word or Paint while the printer is printing or asking for paper or even complaining about having no ink. If you turn spooling off, MS Word prints directly to the printer and you can't do anything with the program until the print job has finished. This comes in especially handy if you've got a mainframe computer or a network with 1 printer and 100 users wanting to print simultaneously, but you'll note the difference on a standalone PC also.

Spool32 is that background program. And most things that go wrong are automatically corrected by a reboot. Some aren't and only then you have a problem.

Hope this helps,


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Re: What is a spool 32 error in Windows ME?
by Plata / October 7, 2004 4:43 PM PDT

thanks for the great help. I will check to see that the printer is connected properly.

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Just out of curiosity,...
by Paul C / October 8, 2004 7:47 PM PDT

When you shut down the PC the time before receiving the spool32 error, did you have a print job waiting to be printed, or had you just cancelled a print job?

Either of these situations can cause the spooler routine in Windows to look for a nonexistant print job upon restart, thus causing the error. Neither sotuation is serious, as long as the error went away after a reboot.

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