On a system running Windows 7 or Windows 2008, one may encounter slow printing and high CPU usage. When starting printing a document, the system just seems to use a lot of resources for a long time. This is a bug in Windows 7 and Windows 2008 that forces the printing to use all the resources of the system for a long time. This bug may or may not affect Windows 7 users. The best way to judge if you’re affected or not is to open task manager and see it there is high CPU usage for a long time during printing.
What’s the cause of slow printing in Windows 7?
According to Microsoft this issue occurs because of a performance regression in spooler behavior on single-processor systems that are running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
Fix for slow printing
Microsoft has released a hotfix for this problem which can be used by Windows 7 and Windows 2008 users. Fixes for 32-bit, 64-bit and ia64 versions of Windows are available.
Download hotfix for slow printing
The hotfixes are available for download here. Just select the hotfix for your version of Windows, fill in the form including your email address twice and the picture. The link to download will be emailed to you.