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Windows 7: splwow64.exe

10 Feb 2011   #1
CJW

7 Pro. 64Bit w/SP1
 
 
splwow64.exe

I'm running 7 Pro 64Bit.
When I take a look into the Task Manager, I find the splwow64.exe process; even if my printer has been off all day. I can end the process at anytime, but I was wondering how do I keep this process from starting at bootup & have it start only when I use my printer - Canon MP600?

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10 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 x64 (SP1)
 
 

Just leave it alone...why do you need to mess with it?
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10 Feb 2011   #3

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

If you set it to manual, it may fail to start when needed. Or remain started all the time. It's automatic default is to be on at boot, and of course if you disable it, it will more than likely never run until you go back and change the setting again.

Some printers will actually run without it though. You could rename it, do a restart and see if you have functionality without it.
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11 Feb 2011   #4

Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

splwow64 is a child of the parent spooler (spoolsv, 64bit), so renaming it might break printing altogether. The spooler memory is pageable, so I'm not sure what you gain by stopping a service that is doing nothing nor taking up otherwise usable CPU or memory resources unless in use.
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19 Dec 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Well my task manager shows the process splwow64.exe is using 2xx,xxx K 200 + k the x's are fluctuating of memory in task manager, you are not telling me that is normal are you???
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