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Windows 7: 'Deleting - printing' error

29 Oct 2015   #1
stony41

windows 7 home premium 64, windows 8.1 home premium 64
 
 
'Deleting - printing' error

Attempting to delete a print job sitting on one of my network printers has created the 'Deleting - printing' error, where the job won't delete. I have tried the usual things such as starting and restarting the Print Spooler to no avail. The job just won't go away. Googling shows that some people have succeeded in clearing problem print jobs, but nothing has worked for me so far.

Any ideas on clearing this print job would be gratefully received.


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29 Oct 2015   #2
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Is this MS website any help for you.

View, pause, or cancel printing
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30 Oct 2015   #3
cyclops

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Have the owner of the job delete it
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30 Oct 2015   #4
stony41

windows 7 home premium 64, windows 8.1 home premium 64
 
 

Thanks for the replies, but I have tried everything. I am hoping that someone has a way of getting rid of a print job that won't respond to the usual deletion methods. I am the owner of the job but cannot zap it.
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30 Oct 2015   #5
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Use Windows (file) Explorer to navigate to here:
C:\Windows\System32\spool

Select* and delete the folder named PRINTERS.

*Select via single click or you might see this:
'Deleting - printing' error-printers.png
If you see that, select Continue and then delete the folder named PRINTERS.

Restart the computer and the folder should automatically be recreated with the correct NTFS file permissions.

If those steps fail, there are stronger methods to delete folders.


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30 Oct 2015   #6
cyclops

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Is the print job stuck at the printer or hanging in the server? What is the printer make and model? Does the printer also have a stand alone server attached? Some high end printers use devices like Fiery or ImagePass
Can you access the printer via a web browser interface and view the print queue from there? See below. You also can access Admin Mode from web interface.

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30 Oct 2015   #7
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Good idea, cyclops.

stony41,
If you surf to the printer's web based interface, you might want to avoid IE10 or IE11. Some forum members have reported issues with those versions of IE when it comes to connecting to a local IP address.
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30 Oct 2015   #8
stony41

windows 7 home premium 64, windows 8.1 home premium 64
 
 

Many thanks, UNI. Deleting the PRINTERS folder did it. I now know what to do if this sort of thing reoccurs.

Thanks also, Cyclops, but I have a simple wired network that usually works perfectly with printer sharing. This seems to have been a rare glitch. My wife sent something to one of my office printers because her printer needed some ink replacement. Usually I don't get involved in her printing.
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30 Oct 2015   #9
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Glad that it worked out for you :-)
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30 Oct 2015   #10
cyclops

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hey stony41, good for you. Now I am going to beat this horse a little more. Based on the last statement about your wife sent the print job to your office printer, do you think authentication issues may have started this?
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