How to remove printer driver on Windows 11

Here are the steps to completely remove a printer driver on Windows 11.

Windows 11 remove printer driver
Windows 11 remove printer driver

UPDATED 4/3/2024: On Windows 11, when you no longer connect to a printer, the peripheral will remain available on the computer even if you remove it since the process doesn’t delete the driver. Print drivers will be kept on the computer if they are ever needed again.

Although this might be a great approach for reinstalling a printer without providing the controllers again, keeping them on the computer will only waste space on the hard drive. Also, if a problem occurs and the drivers get corrupted, it may cause other issues since the system will try to use drivers that don’t work.

However, if you no longer need or want to remove a corrupted print driver, Windows 11 provides a way to completely uninstall it from the computer.

This guide will teach you the steps to remove a printer driver from Windows 11.

Uninstall printer driver on Windows 11

Removing a printer and driver on Windows 11 is a two-step process. You first need to use the Settings app to uninstall the printer and then the Print Management app or PowerShell (depending on whether you use Windows 11 Pro or Home) to delete the driver package from the computer.

1. Remove printer in Settings

To remove a printer on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11

  2. Click on Bluetooth & devices.

  3. Click the Printers & scanners page on the right side.

  4. Select the printer to open its properties.

    Printers & scanners

  5. Click the Remove button.

    Windows 11 remove printer

  6. Click the Yes button.

Once you complete the steps, you can delete the driver from Windows 11.

2. Delete printer driver in Print Management

To completely remove the printer driver from the device, 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 Windows Tools.

    Windows 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.

    Windows 11 remove print driver

  9. Click the Yes button.

After you complete the steps, the printer driver will no longer be available on the device. If you need to reinstall the peripherals, Windows 11 will need to download the driver again, or you will need to provide them manually.

I recently changed my printer to another brand, and I noticed that some printers may not use custom drivers. After removing the device from the Settings app, you may not find drivers from specific vendors. You don’t need to do anything else if this is the case.

3. Delete printer driver with PowerShell

If you use the Home edition of Windows 11, you won’t have access to the Print Management app, but you can still use PowerShell commands to uninstall the driver.

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 11 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 11:

    Remove-PrinterDriver -Name "HP Officejet Pro 8620"

    PowerShell remove printer driver

Once you complete the steps, the printer driver will be removed entirely from the system. You may need to repeat the steps to uninstall other printers.

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].