When you deleting or uninstalling a printer from Windows enviroment, in your mind you think that’s all, printer fully removed, but is not true. The printer driver is not fully unistalled, they still existing in the directory. Bellow in the text, step by step, I will show you how to easily manually remove the printer driver files.
Uninstall chosen printer and related software, if you avoid doing this step before attempting to remove the driver files may result in an “access denied” or “printer in use” error. :
- Open “Programs and Features” (in search box type “Programs and Features“, that would be faster), try to find and uninstall any program that related with your printer driver that you want to delete. For example: “Hp LaserJet Professional P1100-P1560-P1600 Series”.
- Open “Devices and Printers” (like before, you can acces there faster by using search box), if printer still exist, remove the printer driver by clicking-right on the printer icon and chosing “Remove device“.
To fully remove printer driver files:
- Open “Print Server Properties” dialog window by ussing one of the named thing:
* Press + R (windows button and R button at the same time) on the keyboard to call “Run” window, type in it “printui /s /t2” (without the quotes) and click “OK” or just press “Enter”.
* In the search box field type “printui /s /t2” (without the quotes) and click on it in the list or just press “Enter”.
* In the “Windows XP” enviroment: Click Start > Control Panel > Printers and Faxes > Click the File menu and choose “Server Properties“> Click on the “Drivers” tab.
- Find and select the printer driver you want to uninstall.
- Click on the “Remove” button.
- Select “Remove driver and driver package” and click “OK“.At this point you had completely removed printer driver files.
Deleting 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. Windows XP didn’t support that.