How to completely remove 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.

Windows 10 delete printer driver
Windows 10 delete printer driver
  • To remove printer and driver on Windows 10, open Settings > Printers & scanners, select the printer, and click “Remove device.” Then open Print management > Custom Filters > All Drivers, right-click the driver, and select “Delete.”
  • You can also remove a printer driver from PowerShell by running the “Get-PrinterDriver | Format-List Name” and “Remove-PrinterDriver -Name “Your-Printer-Name”” commands.

If you’re 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. As a result, after a while, you can end up with many printers installed on your computer without realizing it.

Of course, you can delete the devices you don’t 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.

This guide will teach you the steps to completely delete printer drivers on Windows 10.

Delete printer completely from Windows 10

On Windows 10, removing a printer and driver from your computer is a two-step process. First, you must remove the printer from the system, and second, you must delete the driver files using the Printer Management app or PowerShell.

Remove printer from 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 to remove.

  5. Click the Remove device button.

    Windows 10 settings remove printer

  6. Click the Yes button.

Once you complete the steps, you can delete the driver from your computer from Print Management or PowerShell with the steps below. Alternatively, you can uninstall the printer from Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers, right-clicking the printer and selecting the “Remove device” option.

Delete printer driver from 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.

    Printer 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.

Delete printer driver from PowerShell

On Windows 10 Home, the Print Management app is unavailable, 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 3. The quotation marks are required if the name includes spaces. For example, this command removes the “Microsoft Software Printer Driver” from Windows 10 Home:

    Remove-PrinterDriver -Name "Microsoft Software Printer Driver"

    PowerShell remove printer command

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.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].