Before you can delete it, you will need to click on Printers in the left-hand tab and right-click on the printer that is using the driver you want to delete. To add another clown to the circus I spent over an hour with dell support, trying to remove a driver, she explained to me 4 or 5 times that you need a program to print to a printer. Locate the printer that you would like to remove and right click it to choose Remove device. Does anyone have any idea at all? Thanks for contributing an answer to Super User! Have you tried stopping the spooler? Net cannot verify the validity of the statements made on this site. The way I had been doing it was through print server properties. This is a less common problem, but is one that I have encountered specifically with label printers for shipping programs. The specifiied printer driver is currently in use.
However, I came across a driver I can't get rid of. The Print Spooler service was stopped successfully. I usually have to try several times before I get it. Apparently the driver can have bi directional communication disabled or enabled. I'm asking if a tool exists to do this where I can just select the driver in question and it be removed.
Then we stopped print spooler 3. Note: Removing the driver package will clear all driver installation files for that device, leaving no reference to the printer that Windows could possibly use to auto-reinstall again. I saw another thread mentioning a similar problem where a printer driver had been completely removed but still showed up in the Citrix console. We renamed all Print Processors that were listed. Stopping and starting the print spooler service in the current logged on session usually allows for driver deletion. It does this by renaming each existing queue, creating a new queue, copying the settings and then deleting the old queue.
Sometimes when working with print servers and testing multiple drivers there will be times when you need to completely remove a driver package from the machine so you can install a new or different one. I've recently bought a new laptop and have Windows 10 on it. Is there a print job stuck in the print queue? This is an alternative way to remove the printer driver. Can you try stopping the Print Spooler then navigate to this folder and delete anything in there. Edit: I marked this best answer only so people can see it if they come across similar problems. If you remove the printer-driver package, Windows removes the package from the driver store, completely removing the printer driver from the computer. You will then be asked if you want to remove just the driver or the driver and the driver package as well.
Reasonably so too I might add, its a printer driver. Stop printer spooler service a. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. If it's not open, for instructions to open it. Last updated on March 13th, 2017 In several cases users may face printing problems, because of the existence of several installed printer drivers belonging to printers that they don't use anymore. Since the old printer is no longer visible, you assume that there is no need to remove old printer drivers, because they are already gone. Most likely there is a reference to the driver from one of the other profiles that has a connection a machine sharing a printer that uses the driver.
Now in order to properly delete a driver from Windows, you first have to make sure the driver is not being used by any printers. Tried your alternative method since everything I have tried failed. At Print Server Properties window, select the Drivers tab. This will list any and all print drivers that are installed on your local machine. Click Vote As Helpful on the left for those whom helped.
If you find this helpful, please mark it. Even if you have gone through the hassle of using the Remove Device option for a printer on the Devices and Printers menu, the driver for that printer is likely to still be on your computer. As it doesn't pick up my printer I have to go into preferences but there's no button to save it. Actually here are the settings in our printing policy. Before we get to that, first click on Print Servers in the left-hand dialog, then the computer name, then click on Drivers. If you have a printer attached to the computer, disconnect the printer cable from the computer, and then restart the computer.
Click Start and type in print management. Completely Remove Unused, Wrong or Damaged Printer Drivers. Finally, select the printer driver that you want to completely delete from your system and select Remove. Renamed back all Print Processors back to Winprint. If the printer doesn't have a program in programs and features it isn't installed.
In the File Name box, type the name that you want to use for this key, such as PrinterDriverRegKey, and then click Save. I have a driver that I cannot removed from our Citrix Presentation 4. When the removal is completed, restart your computer. After i convinced it to cancel those jobs, it successfully deleted and I was able to go back and delete the drivers. If you have been using the same computer for a while, or if you have recently cycled through printer installations, then you probably have some printer drivers on your computer. If it still won't let you remove the printer, you'll need to do it manually in the registry.
I guess I deleted it before whatever wanted it reclaimed it after the spooler service restarted. I have fought this issue tooth and nail the last four days and the user is getting frustrated. When executing this command I get an error message saying: Operation could not be completed. After you have removed all the installed printer software, it's time to ensure that your system is clean from the useless printer driver s. I guess the driver was hanging itself even when not connected to the network because it was awaiting a response from the server? To do this, right-click the subkey that you want to remove, and then click Delete.