Changing the Default Printer Spool Directory

Posted On 2007-05-03 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Changing the Default Printer Spool Directory
Tags:  Windows NT Windows 2000
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Windows using the hard drive to spool information before sending it to a printer.If the system is acting as a print server, it is possible that the default location may have insuffcient disk space.
1. Create a new directory to act as the Printer spool directory.
2. Using Regedit open the key below.
3. Change the value of 'DefaultSpoolDirectory" to equal the full path of the directory created in step 1.
4. Reboot Windows NT, or stop and start the 'Spooler' service.
The default directory is: %SystemRoot%\system32\spool\PRINTERS
Note: To change the spool directory for a specific printer only, find the sub-key under the key below that corresponds to the printer in question. Modify the value of 'SpoolDirectory' to equal the directory you want to use.
Note: If the directory doesn't exist, Windows will use the default

Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers]
Value Name: DefaultSpoolDirectory
Data Type: REG_SZ
Data: Full path to printer spool directory

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