If you’re always on the move and working with a laptop, chances are that you connect to various printers which, sometimes, you’ll only use once or twice. After a while, without realizing it, you may end up with many printers installations in your system.
Later on, doing maintenance to your Windows PC, you decide to delete the ones you don’t use anymore. What you may not know is that by simply deleting a device, it doesn’t actually delete the printer’s driver. They actually get stored in an inventory, just in case you ever need them again. This approach is good, because it could happen that you set up a printer with drivers hard to find. However, if you like to keep things simple, organized and clean, you’ll want to get rid off any extra piece of software that isn’t needed. So today I am going to show you how to remove the printer AND driver from your Windows PC.
Going to Devices and Printers in Windows 7 to remove, in this case, a printer is where you would start, but to really delete the printer’s driver, you need also remove it from the Print Management console.
2 Select the printer you want to remove, right-click on it and select Remove Device.
4 From the left menu in the Print Management console, navigate through Print Server and select Drivers. There you’ll find a list with all the print drivers installed in your system.
5 Make sure you are choosing the right device driver (check Driver Name and Provider to be more certain), right-click it, select Delete, and in the dialog box click Yes to finish.
Repeat the process if you have several printers you want to completely remove from you Windows PC. This process should also work in Windows 8.