Having multiple printer drivers in a system can cause the problem with printing. Most of the users keep multiple drivers in their system even though they do not use them anymore. They keep installing new printer drivers but do not remove the older drivers from the system. By deleting a printer driver doesn’t mean that it is completely removed. The driver files are still in the system in depth which is needed to take out with proper steps.
The printing problems do not always occur due to hardware malfunction, multiple drivers could be responsible at times. Before communicating the printer manufacturer, you must check whether removing the installed drivers is workable or not. If you don’t know how to completely remove a driver from the system the follow this guide for different methods, to get help in removing those printer drivers that you don’t use anymore.
Here, how to remove printer driver from Windows
Removing through Control Panel
- Open run program in Windows by pressing Windows Key + R.
- Now, type cpl and press Enter.
- A window will open with the program list.
- Now select the driver you want to remove.
- Click on the application and select Uninstall/Change in the window
- When the process is done, restart your computer.
Completely removing the printer drivers
- Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
- Go to View By on right corner of the window and select Small icons.
- Now you can easily find Devices and Printers.
- Click open Devices and Printers.
- Go to Printer and Faxes section to determine all the drivers.
- Right click on the unused driver.
- Click Remove device.
- Now, select a printer that you use usually.
- Click Print server properties tab from the upper toolbar of the Devices and Printers window.
- Select Drivers tab in the box appeared.
- Now, select that Printer driver again and click Remove then Ok.
- When you are done with the process, restart your computer.
If you are using the pro operating system of Windows 7, 8 or 10
- Press Windows keys + R to open the run program.
- Type msc in the program and hit Enter.
- It will open the Print Management
- Go to the left pane of the window and select All Printers.
- Now in the central pane of the window, select the printer you want to remove.
- Right click on the printer and select Delete.
- Again, go to the left pane and select All Drivers.
- Select the printer driver from central panel and right click on it.
- Click Remove Driver Package from the menu.
- Restart your computer.
The methods are sufficient to remove the drivers from your computer. But remember that deleting doesn’t mean the complete removal of the files. With the methods mentioned above, you can do little digging inside your computer and select the printers and drivers to remove them one by one.