Windows 10 Services

Printer Extensions and Notifications - Windows 10 Service

This service opens custom printer dialog boxes and handles notifications from a remote print server or a printer. If you turn off this service, you won't be able to see printer extensions or notifications.

This service also exists in Windows 8.

Startup Type

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Default Properties

Display name:Printer Extensions and Notifications
Service name:PrintNotify
Path:%WinDir%\system32\svchost.exe -k print
Error control:normal

Default Behavior

The Printer Extensions and Notifications service can interact with the desktop, receiving input from users. If Printer Extensions and Notifications fails to start, the error is logged. Windows 10 startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the PrintNotify service has failed to start.


Printer Extensions and Notifications is unable to start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is stopped or disabled.

Restore Default Startup Type for Printer Extensions and Notifications

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows 10 edition and release, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestorePrinterExtensionsandNotificationsWindows10.bat file to any folder on your hard drive.

3. Right-click the downloaded batch file and select Run as administrator.

4. Restart the computer to save changes.

Note. Make sure that the PrintConfig.dll file exists in the %WinDir%\system32\spool\drivers\W32X86\3 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 10 installation media.