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Process Stopper - Spoolsv

By fredware Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

This tiny freeware effective stops and starts Spoolsv with a mere mouse click. Process Stopper Spoolsv's interface is little more than a small dialog with a short description and four buttons. Considering two of the buttons really aren't needed, it's no surprise this is a simple program to operate. You won't need a manual or Help file.

Starting and stopping the system process Spoolsv is usually accomplished using Task Manager or Services.msc. This little application simply displays buttons to immediately start or stop the service with a click. Process Stopper Spoolsv isn't an application that should be kept running. It uses about three times the memory as the service it is designed to stop. That's not a problem if you open it merely to start or stop Spoolsv. However, it does add a click or two to the process. Our testers did discover the program would crash if the Stop Process was clicked when the Spoolsv process wasn't active.

It would have been useful to split this utility into two components; Start Spoolsv and Stop Spoolsv. Users could then create shortcuts to truly start or stop Spoolsv with a quick double-click. However, as it is, anyone who must start and stop Spoolsv on a regular basis should add Process Stopper Spoolsv to their system. It's simple, helpful, and effective freeware.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.2


Release November 7, 2008
Date Added December 8, 2006
Version 1.2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows XP


Total Downloads 4,081
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

Small Windows based application that stops the system process spoolsv the print spooler. If your like me and you don't print very often and/or have you printer disconnected a lot of the time, this can help you free up some system resources.