Temporary print file

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by crono_logical, Aug 5, 2003.

  1. crono_logical

    crono_logical Bird Eater

    Is it possible to move wherever WinXP writes temporary print jobs off of the system drive onto another drive? Printing colour A3 sheets at 600dpi generates jobs almost 200 MB at times for me, so I would prefer it if I could move the temporary print files to a larger disk, especially when with multiple jobs in queue.

    I already have my swap file moved and the TMP and TEMP environment variables pointing to another disk, so I know these aren't what I need to change.

    Thanks.
     
  2. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    First create a folder where you want to store the new spooler file (eg: D:\Spool). The default location is %SystemRoot%\system32\spool\PRINTERS

    Then fire up regedit (Start>Run>regedit) and navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers] and change the "DefaultSpoolDirectory" string value to the full path of the new folder.

    Reboot Windows or stop and restart the Print Spooler service through services.msc

    :)
     
  3. crono_logical

    crono_logical Bird Eater

    Much appreciated, thanks a lot, especially for the fast response :)
     
  4. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Not a problem...glad to help :)
     
  5. freightgod

    freightgod Confused and Bewildered

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    Sounds like this would be a great use of a ramdrive maybe?
     
  6. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Possibly...but you'd need quite a large RAMdrive if you were printing large/many files.
     
  7. jonifen

    jonifen pffff...

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    aye, a ramdrive would be nice for that kinda thing... you'd need loads of ram though, especially if one file could be 2-300mb in size.

    Interesting to know its possible to move the spooling folder though :)
     
  8. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    kool i never knew it could be moved :cool:
     
  9. rushm001

    rushm001 In the beginning...... Political User

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    Henyman is speaking his strange lingo again. I think Kool is Heny for super hot.:p
     
  10. NetRyder

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    It's called AOL lingo. Believe it or not, 90% of the AOL users I know use words like "kool" and "lolz" :p
     
  11. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User