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Windows 7: Please Recommend Best Free PDF Creator (Not Nitro/Primo)

29 Jun 2018   #1
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Please Recommend Best Free PDF Creator (Not Nitro/Primo)

I'm after recommendations for a free PDF creator for my desktop pc. I have been happily using Nitro Primo to create PDFs, but it seems to have stopped working on my pc. For some reason, the print function won't work any more. I used to hit 'print', and Primo would open with a small window on my screen then create a PDF, but it stopped appearing. It even stopped being listed on 'Devices and Printers'. I don't have any printers attached to this pc.

System restore didn't work, nor did uninstalling Primo and re-installing the new Nitro Pro. Still refused to create PDFs.

So, I have given up on Nitro, and have started looking for another free PDF creator. Hopefully something not too complicated and the same type as Nitro that acts as a print driver. Thanks for any advice.

Edit - I have just tried re-installing the original Primo PDF creator and during install it said ' unable to install printer' - so it looks like there is something wrong with my pc that stops the printer element installing or working.


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29 Jun 2018   #2
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

I have Cute PDF. I'm very satisfied with it. It's been several years since I downloaded it, so I have no idea what may be happening with any newer versions.

As for why you are unable to reinstall Primo, perhaps a recently-installed Windows update is interfering with it.
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29 Jun 2018   #3
MourningStar

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

uninstall your programs and run sfc /scannow (w/reboot ). re-install and check.

(if no joy try Foxit)
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29 Jun 2018   #4
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks to both for your answers. I think I have found the problem. I tried Jim Phelps' suggestion and tried to install Cute PDF. Like Primo PDF it failed to install because of the problem, but unlike Primo, it actually told me what the problem is.

Cute's installer came up with a pop up that told me to "Please start the print spooler service". Apparently it loads files to memory for later printing. As the PDF creators act as a print driver, the spooler is obviously not being started is making it impossible to save files to the printing memory.

So, I clicked CONTROL PANEL> ADMIN. TOOLS> SERVICES, and tried to re-start Print spooler, but says unable to re-start and error message 1068.

As I don't know what to do, I think I will start a new thread. Thanks to you both again.

EDIT - HAVE STARTED NEW THREAD IN DRIVERS -
Can't Re-start Print Spooler Service - Error 1068
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30 Jun 2018   #5
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Hi woodbine, go to Programs and Features and follow as in my image.

Please Recommend Best Free PDF Creator (Not Nitro/Primo)-rr.jpg


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02 Jul 2018   #6
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi Roderunner. Apologies for late reply. I have done as you said, and image is below. Not experienced enough myself to interpret the info in image. Many thanks for your help.


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02 Jul 2018   #7
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

HI woodbine, if you look at both images where it says 'Print and Document Services' mine has a tick yours has a Blue box that needs to be clicked/ticked. reboot after you have done it then try to print.
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02 Jul 2018   #8
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by woodbine View Post
Cute's installer came up with a pop up that told me to "Please start the print spooler service". Apparently it loads files to memory for later printing.
The print spooler is just the manager of the print jobs. It is used by all printer drivers as the normal way to send a print job. Its purpose is not to delay print jobs for later, but rather to make sure that they get printed.

The only reason it would be loading files for later printing is because it is unable to print them when it sends the print job. But the point is always to print them right away.
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02 Jul 2018   #9
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
HI woodbine, if you look at both images where it says 'Print and Document Services' mine has a tick yours has a Blue box that needs to be clicked/ticked. reboot after you have done it then try to print.
Tried clicking on that blue box, and it just goes blank. Presumably just one single left click? Whatever I try, it won't check like yours.
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02 Jul 2018   #10
woodbine

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
The print spooler is just the manager of the print jobs. It is used by all printer drivers as the normal way to send a print job. Its purpose is not to delay print jobs for later, but rather to make sure that they get printed.

The only reason it would be loading files for later printing is because it is unable to print them when it sends the print job. But the point is always to print them right away.
Thanks for the explanation, MrPhelps. Looks like I misunderstood print spooler's function. Will get the hang of these things one day.
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