Windows 10 Can’t Remove Printer – Force Delete or Uninstall

Struggling to remove a printer in Windows 10? Find out how to force delete or uninstall it in this article.

Make sure the printer is turned off and disconnected from the power source before attempting to remove it.

Properly Removing a Printer on Windows

To properly remove a printer on Windows 10, the first step is to ensure that the printer is not currently in use and that there are no pending print jobs in the queue. Open the Control Panel and navigate to Devices and Printers. Right-click on the printer you wish to remove and select Remove device from the context menu.

If the printer still appears in the list after attempting to remove it, you may need to force delete or uninstall it. Open the Device Manager and locate the printer under the Print queues section. Right-click on the printer and select Uninstall device to remove it from the system.

In some cases, you may need to use the Command Prompt or PowerShell to force delete the printer. Open the command-line interface as an administrator and use the appropriate commands to remove the printer from the system.

If all else fails, you may need to edit the Windows Registry to manually remove any remaining traces of the printer. This should be done with caution, as editing the registry can cause serious issues if done incorrectly. Always back up the registry before making any changes.

Force Uninstall When Standard Removal Fails

  • Open the Control Panel by clicking on the Start button and selecting Control Panel from the menu.
  • Click on Programs and Features to open the list of installed programs on your computer.
  • Locate the printer software in the list of programs and select it.
  • Click on Uninstall and follow the on-screen instructions to remove the software from your computer.
  • Restart your computer to complete the uninstallation process.

Edit the Registry to Delete Printer Entries

Windows Registry Editor

To edit the Windows Registry and delete printer entries, follow these steps:

1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
2. Type regedit and press Enter to open the Windows Registry Editor.
3. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Print\Printers
4. Find the printer entry you want to delete, right-click on it, and select Delete.
5. Confirm the deletion when prompted.
6. Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.

By following these steps, you can force delete or uninstall printer entries from the Windows Registry. Be cautious when editing the Registry, as incorrect changes can cause system instability or other issues.

If you encounter any error messages or have difficulty with this process, it may be best to seek assistance from a system administrator or IT professional.

Cancel All Pending Print Jobs Before Uninstalling

Before uninstalling a printer on Windows 10, it’s important to cancel all pending print jobs associated with that printer. This will prevent any potential conflicts or errors during the uninstallation process. To do this, navigate to the Control Panel and open the “Devices and Printers” menu. Right-click on the printer you want to uninstall and select “See what’s printing.” From there, you can cancel all pending print jobs in the print queue.

Once all print jobs are cleared, you can proceed with uninstalling the printer. Open the “Devices and Printers” menu in the Control Panel, right-click on the printer you want to remove, and select “Remove device.” Follow any additional prompts or instructions to complete the uninstallation process.

By cancelling pending print jobs before uninstalling the printer, you can avoid potential issues and ensure a smooth removal process. This simple step can help prevent any error messages or conflicts that may arise during the uninstallation process.

Update or Reinstall Printer Drivers

Printer driver update

To update or reinstall printer drivers on Windows 10, you can use Device Manager to remove the current driver and then install the latest driver from the manufacturer’s website. First, press the Windows key + X and select “Device Manager. ” Next, locate your printer under “Print queues,” right-click on it, and select “Uninstall device. ” After that, go to the manufacturer’s website and download the latest driver for your printer model.

Once downloaded, run the installation file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the new driver. If you encounter any issues, you can also use the “Add a printer” wizard in the Control Panel to manually install the printer driver. Simply open the Control Panel, select “Devices and Printers,” and click on “Add a printer. ” Follow the prompts to install the printer using the new driver.

Utilize Print Management for Comprehensive Removal

If the printer does not uninstall using Print Management, use the Command Prompt to force delete it. Open the Command Prompt as an administrator and type “printui.exe /s /t2” to open the Print Management dialog box. From there, click on the “Drivers” tab and remove the printer’s driver.

If the printer still does not uninstall, use PowerShell to forcibly remove it. Open PowerShell as an administrator and use the “Get-Printer” command to identify the printer’s name and then use the “Remove-Printer” command to delete it.

Addressing Access Denied Messages

If you are receiving an “Access Denied” message when trying to remove a printer in Windows 10, there are a few steps you can take to force delete or uninstall the printer.

First, try stopping the print spooler service by opening the Command Prompt as an administrator and typing net stop spooler. Then, navigate to the C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS directory and delete any files in this folder.

Next, try removing the printer using the Control Panel. If that doesn’t work, you can try removing the printer using the command line. Open the Command Prompt as an administrator and type printui.exe /dl /n “printer name”.

If you are still unable to remove the printer, you may need to modify the Group Policy settings. Open the Group Policy Editor and navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Printers. Look for any settings that may be preventing you from removing the printer and adjust them as needed.

Manage Print Spooler Service for Printer Removal

Print spooler service settings

To manage the print spooler service for printer removal in Windows 10, you can use the command-line interface. First, open the command prompt with administrative privileges. Then, stop the print spooler service by typing net stop spooler and pressing Enter.

Next, navigate to the C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS directory and delete all the files in this folder. This will clear out any stuck print jobs that may be preventing you from removing the printer.

After deleting the files, restart the print spooler service by typing net start spooler into the command prompt and pressing Enter.

You can also manage the print spooler service through the Microsoft Management Console. Open the MMC by typing mmc.exe into the Run dialog and pressing Enter. Then, add the Print Management snap-in and navigate to the Print Servers section to manage the print spooler service.

If you’re still unable to remove the printer, you can try using the Print Management snap-in to force delete the printer. Right-click on the printer and select “Remove printer” from the context menu.

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