Windows 10 delete printer driver

How to completely remove a printer driver on Windows 10

If you no longer need a printer on Windows 10, this is how you can get rid of the leftover drivers.

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

Sure, you can delete the devices you do not need using the Settings app. However, you may not know that deleting a printer doesn’t delete its driver from Windows 10. They will stay stored in a local inventory if you need them again. Although it’s a good approach for reinstalling printers quickly, if you won’t need the driver anymore, you can keep things organized, free up some space, and prevent (possible) printer driver problems by deleting the driver completely from Windows 10 or older versions.

In this guide, you will 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. First, you need to remove the printer from Windows, and then you have to delete the driver files using the Printer Management app or PowerShell.

1. Remove printer using Settings

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

  1. Open Settings on Windows 10.

  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.

    Settings remove printer
    Settings remove printer
  6. Click the Yes button.

Once you complete the steps, you can delete the driver from your computer. Alternatively, suppose the device uses Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. In that case, you can uninstall the printer from Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers, right-clicking the printer and selecting the Remove device option.

2. Delete 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 console.

  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 from the left navigation pane.

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

    Computer Management delete printer driver
    Computer Management delete printer driver
  9. Click the Yes button.

After you complete the steps, the driver will uninstall from the computer. If you have additional printers, you’ll need to repeat the steps to remove them from the device altogether.

3. Delete printer driver with PowerShell

On Windows 10 Home, the Print Management app is not available, but you can still use PowerShell to uninstall the driver quite easily. You can also use these instructions on Windows 10 Pro.

To remove a print driver with PowerShell, use these steps:

  1. Open Start

  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to list all the print drivers installed on Windows 10 and press Enter:

    Get-PrinterDriver | Format-List Name
  4. Type the following command to remove the print driver and press Enter:

    Remove-PrinterDriver -Name "Your-Printer-Name"

    In the command, update the printer name with the name that appears in step No. 3. The quotation marks are required if the name includes spaces.

    For example, this command removes the “HP Officejet Pro 8620” from Windows 10 Home:

    Remove-PrinterDriver -Name "HP Officejet Pro 8620"

    PowerShell remove printer driver

Once you complete the steps, the printer driver will no longer be available on the system. You may need to repeat the steps to uninstall other printers as necessary on Windows 10.