Windows 10: unable to delete print queue files

Discus and support unable to delete print queue files in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; When I try to print a file, the print queue display shows some other file is in the process of being deleted, and the file I want to print, doesn't:... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by SweetTasha, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. unable to delete print queue files


    When I try to print a file, the print queue display shows some other file is in the process of being deleted,

    and the file I want to print, doesn't:


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    I've tried this, which I found in a question here (at Answers.Microsoft)

    1. 1.Open the Services window (Windows key + R, type services.msc, press enter).
    2. 2.Select Print Spooler and click the Stop icon, if it is not stopped already.
    3. 3.Navigate to C:\Windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS and open this file. ...
    4. 4.Delete all contents inside the folder.


    I try to delete the two files in the Print Spooler folder and it says:


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    Windows Explorer shows the folder is empty but it's "working on it"

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    It seems that I can delete all the jobs in the print queue except the last one.


    I've tried powering off/on the printer, that didn't help.

    Any suggestions will be appreciated. Phil.

    :)
     
    SweetTasha, Jun 12, 2019
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  2. SusanADay Win User

    can't delete print queue in Windows 10

    I am trying to follow the below advice:

    This will often fix the problem on its own.

      • Open the Services window (Windows key + R, type services.msc, press enter).
      • Select Print Spooler and click the Stop icon, if it is not stopped already.
      • Navigate to C:\Windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS and open this file. You may need to show hidden files or enter an administrator's password.
    Delete all contents inside the folder. Do not delete the PRINTERS folder itself. Note that this will remove all current print jobs, so make sure no one on your network is using the printer.

    At this point, all files are deleted EXCEPT for the one showing up in the queue - the error message is:

    "This action can't be completed because the file is open in printfilterpipelinesvc.exe"

    The file HAS printed, but the queue is still showing it in the printing state.

    Very frustrating ....

     
    SusanADay, Jun 12, 2019
    #2
  3. The print queue is full windows 10

    I had this same thing happen to me.

    When I tried to print I would get an error saying that the print queue was full. There were no files in the print queue. There were also no printers listed in 'Devices and Printers.'

    No need to reformat! Here's how I fixed mine:

    I noticed that If I opened a print dialogue, the printers were listed.

    • Open Print Dialog from an app (i.e. Notepad)
    • Right Click on a printer and select Printer Properties
    • Open Ports tab
    • Change port to 'file.'
    • Delete Port
      • If you get an error that the resource is in use:
        • Open the other printer properties pages
        • Change the other printers to 'file'
        • Delete ports

      • As you delete ports, you will see the print queues repopulate into device manager as well as printers should now show up in 'Devices and Printers."

    • Remake the needed Ports.
    In my case they were all HP TCP/IP Ports.
     
    JeffKeller, Jun 12, 2019
    #3
  4. Rey Bel1 Win User

    unable to delete print queue files

    Document Stuck in Print Queue as Deleting...

    Hi Lisa,

    The print queue displays output jobs that's is waiting to be completed. It has the most current status of all active and pending print jobs. If its not functioning as intended, it's possible that there's a misconfiguration within the printer settings. To
    better assist you, we'd like to ask a few questions:

    • Which Windows version are you using? Type winver in the search bar and press
      Enter to find out.
    • Have you made any changes on you device prior to the issue?

    Meanwhile, we suggest that you check the steps provided by Abdul_Malik on this
    thread and check if it would help resolve the issue.

    Let us know how it goes.
     
    Rey Bel1, Jun 12, 2019
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