Clear Windows print queue

Even as an infrastructure guy in a datacenter you now and then have to deal with printers. The small beasts with there own life and horrible drivers! I always forget the path for where the spooler puts its temp files. So now I put it here for future me to find it again next time I have to clear spooler files and restart det print services.

GUI way is slow and by having the CMD edition you can always guess what should be done in the GUI.

  1. Open an elevated command prompt.
  2. Type net stop spooler then press “Enter“.
  3. Execute del %systemroot%\System32\spool\printers* /Q
  4. Type net start spooler then press “Enter“.
  5. The print queue on your Windows should now be cleared.

Jesper Ramsgaard