Fix Print Spooler Error 1068

Posted on May 19th, 2011 | by admin |

So, guys, here is “How to fix print spooler error 1068″ article. There is pretty much information, instructions, guides on how to fix this error on your own. Sometimes it works, but very often error comes back. I decided to collect and combine all information about this error, prepared few tools and here it is.

Lets begin with overview of this errors. Here is how it looks in Windows XP:

print spooler error 1068 xp

Could not start the Print Spooler service on Local computer.
Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start.”

Here is print spooler error 1068 message in Windows Vista or Windows 7 (pretty much the same):

print spooler error 1068 vista or 7

Windows could not start the Print Spooler service on Local computer.
Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start.”

And as usual – if instructions won’t work or you are not experienced enough to perform them download Print Spooler Fix Utility:

Get it from CNET!

Manual guide:

As I mentioned in the previous articles Print Spooler cannot work without Remote Procedure Call, but this system is very important – if you got this error this doesn’t mean something wrong with RPC – this means your system simply lost connection between this two services. This usually can be fixed by very simple command:


in Start > Run in Windows XP or typing:


in Command prompt (run it as administrator) in Windows Vista or 7.

Here is simple file that you just need to run (in Windows Vista or 7 right-click on it and choose “Run as administrator”).

Download Error1068fix.bat

Another situation often happens with Lexmark printer. Sometimes people change their old printer and install another, but Lexmark leaves its service in print spooler dependencies. Print Spooler tries to access this dependency, but as it was partially or fully removed you end getting error 1068. In this case you need to remove registry entry in:


Look at the right tab on DependOnService string – if you see anything except “RPCSS” and “http” – remove this extra entry.


If you use Lexmark printer removing this entry will result with error as it needs this service. Use this instructions instead.

If you have something different from described in this article or you have additional questions visit our support section and open a ticket.

Alexey AbalmasovAbout Alexey Abalmasov

Post is written by Alexey Abalmasov who is a technology blogger, tech support specialist and simply an IT guy. I have 5 year expertise in solving certain problems with Windows OS as well as removing viruses. You can follow me on Twitter or on Facebook

  1. 4 Responses to “Fix Print Spooler Error 1068”

  2. By henry on Jan 10, 2012 | Reply

    you don’t mention prior to installing the software you charge 39.95 for the fix, very sneaky.

  3. By admin on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    Some of this tools are free. Some cost money – it’s true.

  4. By David on Dec 28, 2012 | Reply

    This article helped me solve my problem although my solution was a little different…

    I ran the commands with no change in the overall issue. I saw the RPCSS service running just fine and my system still refusing to run the Print Spooler service saying the HTTP service was not started. Then I saw the RPC Locator service was not running and was set to manual startup. The description says that it does nothing but is there for application compatability. Knowing that my printer here at work is ancient and stupid, I started the RPC Locator service, then started the Print Spooler service which actually started this time!!!! — and suddenly all my missing printers came back! I set the manual start on the RPC Locator service to automatic to avoid this issue in the future.

    To any who have this problem good luck!!! You’ll probably need it. But if you don’t have luck I hope this helps.

  5. By Inyx on May 12, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you! After spending way too much time trying to figure out what was wrong–and downloading one of those ‘quick fix’ programs, this finally worked for me.

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