While trying to print something, the print job was sent to the wrong printer and the system eventually froze.
When the system was brought into the shop, this is what we found:
There were literally hundreds of this one process firing up on the sytem.
First, we needed to unplug the printer and then shutdown the print spooler service: net stop spooler [Enter] from Start-->Run.
This did not fix the issue though. The system remained relatively unresponsive. The processes refused to be shut down via the "End Process" in the Task Manager.
We ended up needing to clean out any reference to the 1018, 1020, and 1022n LaserJet printers installed on the system. With the Print Spooler service shut down:
- Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\Spool\
- Delete any folders that contain zshp1020.exe et. al. executables
- Note that the "Spool" and "3" folders may also contain other print drivers ... so only remove those folders and files that are relevant to the offending HP one.
- Verify what other printers are installed on the system before removing anything.
- In this case we removed any registry folder named 1018, 1020, and 1022n
Once the \Spool directory and the registry are cleaned out, do a search for zsHP1020.exe and any others on the local hard drive including hidden and system folders. Either rename or send to the Recycle Bin the driver's folders found in this search.
Once the above steps have been taken, reboot the system, log into the user's profile, download the most recent driver for the printer, run the install routine, and plug in the printer when requested to do so.
Once the drivers have installed, run a test print out of Word or another program to make sure that everything is working. We were good to go from there.
- Mojocode.com: Windows Terminal Server 2003 Crash Problems
- Some somewhat related advise from HP: HP Deskjet 1220c and HP Deskjet 1180c Professional Series Printer - Uninstalling the Printer Driver, Microsoft(R) Windows 2000, NT 4.0, and XP
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