Prey tell what "just gets worse?”
The next time this or another problem occurs, please do not restore old versions of the Registry files. I do not know where this advice is coming from (I’ve seen it few times recently), but it is a radical step to take and is poor advice for solving most problems.
Spool32 problems are common and indicate a possible wedged print job(s), which is easily cleared in most cases by double-clicking the printer in Start, Settings, Printers, selecting Printer in the menu, and choosing Purge Print Documents. Furthermore, there are several known issues with spool32 and HP printers and most of them are easily fixed. Check you printer cable and make sure it is not loose. Larry