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printer status: opening

printer status: opening

printer status: opening

I posted this a few weeks ago, but the thread disappeared before I could read any of the responses.

I have a Windows XP Pro workstation and I have 6 network shared printers. These printers are located on various servers which are running Windows 2000.

Every so often my PC will freeze, like when I open an MS Office app, it may take 30 secs until I can perform a file open, etc. While in this "frozen" state, if I open the printers & faxes dialog box, the printers are of status: opening. Then one by one they will turn to "ready". Once they're on ready, I can print normally. They will all turn to ready in about 10 - 20 secs.

If I leave the P&F open and minimized, then they are always on "ready", thus no delay.

I've looked over the MS KB and I can't find anything that sheds light on this.

Anybody with similar experiences?

Thanks in advance.


RE: printer status: opening

Slow print to networked printer

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306927  mentions this suggestion.

"To try and  resolve this behavior, join the machine to  a workgroup , and then restart the computer.  Rejoin the computer to the domain, and then restart the computer again. The computer no longer logs on through cached credentials".

Any failure of the Spooler service mentioned in the Event Viewer or any other errors shown in there.

Printers for all

314073 - How to Troubleshoot Network Printing Problems in Windows XP


RE: printer status: opening

Copy the below with your mouse:


Windows Registry Editor 5.0



Open notepad and paste the above.  File, Save as, no_remote.reg

Double click no_remote.reg, or add regedit /s no_remote.reg to the logon script, to add this to your user configuration.


1. Open My Computer
2. Click on the Tools menu and select Folder Options...
3. Under Folder Options select the view tab.
4. Uncheck the very first box that reads "Automatically search for network folders and printers".
5. Click "Apply" or "OK"

You should see a dramatic increase in speed when Windows displays your icons. Please not that this is generally automatically disabled if your computer joins to a domain.


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