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When you create a printer (either a local printer or a remote network printer) by using the Add Printer Wizard, you may receive one of the following error messages:
Operation could not be completed. The RPC Server is unavailable.
Operation could not be completed. The remote procedure call failed and did not execute.
Printer operation cannot continue due to lack of resources. The print subsystem is unavailable.
The error message occurs because the Spooler service has not been started or has stopped working. To start the Spooler service, use the following steps.
Windows NT 4.0
You can also start the Spooler service by typing net start spooler in the Run dialog box.
Note that the error message is not resolved even if you start the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator and service in the Services tool in Control Panel.
Article ID: 158042 - Last Review: February 26, 2007 - Revision: 2.5