I have Win 7 (64) installed and everything seems to be fine except that about a month ago I lost all my printers. I first noticed it when trying to print a web page, but it appears the problem is general since no printers appear in the "Devices and Printers" window (from Start Menu). Previously I had two printers available; a USB legacy Dell inkjet printer directly connected to a USB port on my computer and an older HP LaserJet 1200 connected to my wife's computer and shared across the network. Both printers have disappeared. If I try to "Add Printer" I get the message "Windows can't open Add Printer. The local print spooler service is not running. Please restart the spooler or restart the machine." I have gone into the control panel (Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools\Services) and restarted teh Print Spooler, but it will not stay running.
Any thoughts on where to turn with problem solving this one?
Any help would be much appreciated.