Moving the Default Spooling Directory

by Chris Sanders [Published on 11 March 2008 / Last Updated on 11 March 2008]

In some scenarios, you may need to move the default spooling location for printers on a system. Here is a quick tutorial on how to do that.

The default spooling directory on a Windows 2003 Server is %systemroot%\System32\Spool\Printers. In some situations, you may need to move this directory in order to free up disk space or increase printing performance. This is a pretty quick procedure. Open the Printer and Faxes dialog from the Start Menu or Control Panel. Click File, and then Server Properties. Go to the Advanced Tab and modify the Spool Folder field with the new location. It is important to keep in mind that the path to this location must already exist and the location must not be the root of a drive (such as G:\). If either of these things does happen, then the directory will automatically resort back to the default location.


Chris Sanders is a network consultant for KeeFORCE, one of the most popular network consulting firms in western Kentucky. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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