In this article, we are going to explain how to remove a printer driver completely from Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 computers.

Sometimes the printer driver may get corrupted due to many reasons. To fix this driver-corruption problem, you’ll have to reinstall the printer driver from scratch.

To properly reinstall it, uninstall the printer driver completely from your computer. Uninstalling the printer just from the control panel is not enough, you’ll have to uninstall the driver from the control panel, print management and system registry as well.

Remove Printer Driver from computer

Let’s see how to do it.


How to Remove the printer driver completely from your computer

There are 3 steps that you’ll have to follow to remove the printer driver completely from your Windows 10, 7, 8:

  1. Uninstall Printer driver from Control Panel
  2. Remove Printer driver from Print Server
  3. Remove Printer driver from System Registry

Step 1: Uninstall printer driver from Control Panel

  1. Click on the Start menu and click on settings.
    go to settings
  2. Click on Apps. You’ll get all the installed applications listed here.
    click on apps
  3. Find and then select your printer model number from the list and click on uninstall.
    uninstall-printer-from-control-panel
  4. That’s it.

Step 2: Remove printer driver from Print Server

  1. Press the Windows + R key together to open the run box.
  2. In “Run” box, type services.msc and click OK to open the services page.
    open services page
  3. In Services, find “Print Spooler” and then select it and click on “Stop the Service” to stop it. (We’ll start later after deleting the drivers)
    stop print spooler service
  4. Come back to the desktop, and again press the Windows + R key together to open the run box.
  5. Type the “printmanagement.msc” command in the run box and press OK button.
    open-print-management
  6. Click on Print Server from the right side pane.
    click-on-print-server
  7. Click on the computer name which is under the print server.
    select comptuer name
  8. Click on Drivers.
    select driver
  9. Now look at the right-side pane and right-click on the printer model number you want to remove and click on “Remove Driver package..” I would suggest you to remove all the unused printer drivers from there. It is good practice to avoid driver conflict.
    Go to print server drivers
  10. Now go back to the left side pane and click on “printers” under “print server” and look at the right side pane and right click on your printer name which you want to remove and click on Delete. Don’t delete the default printer from here.
    go to print server printers
  11. Go back to Print Management and then click on Custom Filter.
    custom filters
  12. Click on “All Printers“. Then look at the right-side pane and do right-click on the printer name you want to delete and click on the delete option.
    custom-filter-printer
  13. Again, go back to “Custom Filters” and click on “All Drivers
    Select all drivers
  14. Now, look at the right side pane and do right-click on the driver you want to delete and click on “Remove Driver package“.
    delete-printer-driver
  15. That’s it.

Step 3: Remove printer driver from System Registry

  1. Now, open “Run” again and type regedit and click Ok to open Registry Editor.
  2. Now Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and then expand “SOFTWAREremove-printer-from-registry-step1
  3.  and then expand “Microsoft
    remove-printer-from-registry-step2
  4. Expand to “Windows NT” and then expand “CurrentVersion
    remove-printer-from-registry-step3
  5. Here expand “Print” and then expand “Printer
    ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionPrintPrintersHP Deskjet 1600 Series

    remove-printer-from-registry-step4

  6. Now do right-click on the printer name of the drive you want to be deleted, and then click on the delete option.
    remove-printer-from-registry-step5
  7. That’s it.
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