Light Windows programs takes 40 s to load

panagiotis m merakosp at
Tue Aug 8 12:07:42 EDT 2023

Hello all,

We recently fixed a bug (affecting mainly Windows 11) where the LC
installer, the LC IDE and Windows standalones were crashing on startup. It
turned out this was caused if some generic printer drivers were installed
in the device, and installing the official printer drivers from the
vendor's website prevented the crash. We had reports for Brother printers,
Epson and HP if I remember correctly.

The fix we added did fix the crash, but in some cases caused a delay on
startup, if the device still had the "generic" printer driver installed.

That's why I asked to quit the printer spooler and try again - if it works
with the printer spooler not running, it means that this device has a
"generic" printer driver installed, so Dar could just install the official
driver from the vendor's website and have the issue fixed.

Kind regards,

On Tue, 8 Aug 2023 at 18:36, Bob Sneidar via use-livecode <
use-livecode at> wrote:

> Pardon me if you know this already. Apps that are capable of printing will
> attempt to connect to the default printer upon launch. Panos is trying to
> isolate an issue where if the default printer is unresponsive, your app
> will wait until the process times out before proceeding. In Windows the
> Print Spooler service is the broker for all print processes. Stopping this
> service will prevent the long timeout.
> If using Windows, pop the Windows menu then start typing the word,
> “Service”. Once you see “Services” open it, then find the Print Spooler
> service (the list is Hot Typable but you have to select one of the services
> first, otherwise just scroll down) the slick the Stop Service button.
> BTW I would not use the task manager for this. I do not see either of
> those names in my tasks. I think the Print Spooler task is actually named
> Spoolsv.
> Bob S
> On Aug 8, 2023, at 7:26 AM, Dar Scott via use-livecode <
> use-livecode at> wrote:
> Sure, Panos! Uh, what’s its name?
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