Remove printer drivers completely from Windows 10
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How to completely remove a printer driver on Windows 10

If you no longer need a printer, this is how you can get rid of the leftover drivers.

If you’re a mobile user working with a laptop, there’s a good chance that you connect to various printers in different locations, which you may only use once or twice. After a while, without realizing it, you can end up with a lot of printers installed on your device.

Sure, you can simply delete the ones you don’t need from the Settings app, but what you may not know is that deleting a printer doesn’t delete its driver. They are actually stored in an inventory, in case you need them again. Although this is a good approach, if you know for sure that you’ll no longer need the driver, you can keep things organized, free up a little bit of space, and prevent possible printer driver problems by deleting the driver completely from Windows 10 or older versions.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to delete printer drivers from your Windows 10 device completely.

How to delete a printer completely from Windows 10

To remove a printer and driver from your computer is a two step process.

Removing printer using Settings

To remove a printer from Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Devices.

  3. Click on Printers & scanners.

  4. Under the “Printers & scanners” section, select the printer that you want to remove.

  5. Click the Remove device button.

    Remove printer from Windows 10
    Remove printer from Windows 10
  6. Click the Yes button.

Once you’ve completed the steps, you can proceed to delete the driver from your computer.

Alternatively, if you’re still running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you can remove a printer from Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers, right-clicking the printer and selecting the Remove device option.

Deleting printer driver using Print Management

To delete a printer driver, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Control Panel and click the top result to open the experience.

  3. Click on System and Security.

  4. Click on Administrative Tools.

  5. Double-click the Print Management option.

  6. Expand the Custom Filters branch.

  7. Click on All Drivers.

  8. Right-click the driver on right, and select the Delete option.

    Delete printer driver using Print Management
    Delete printer driver using Print Management
  9. Click the Yes button.

After completing the steps, the printer driver will be gone from your device. If you have additional printers, you’ll need to repeat the steps to completely remove them from your device.

Update January 28, 2019: This guide was originally published in July 2012, and it’s been updated to reflect the changes to remove a print driver from Windows 10 as well as on previous versions.