My Windows "print to PDF" functionality no longer works. I am unable to make it work, and unwilling to reinstall Windows.

I am seeking a gratis background spooler service for Windows, which I can see as an option whenever I print something. Other than that, it should be unobtrusive.

I have searched and found a few candidates. Rather than try them all and compare them, I would prefer if someone who has already done so makes me a recommendation.


have you tried : FreePDF for Windows - A simply and free virtual PDF printer

I have been using this for >10 years.

It will install a printer service(i.e. virtual printer) and if you click on menu-> printer(e.g. word or any), it will pop-up as a real printer and print your content to PDF and save it to your defined directory.

A detailed installation manual can be found here: http://www.sternwarte.uni-erlangen.de/pub/sterzer/software/freepdf/freepdfxp/freepdfxpadmin.pdf

  • Does it de what I asked? Please read How to Answer. Does it install as a spooler service, so that I can use "print to PDF from other apps? – Mawg says reinstate Monica Jun 10 '20 at 12:22
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    I just edited the post(link changed), let me know if you still have question. or still unhelpful, I can delete the post. – Gustaf Jun 10 '20 at 12:52

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