Tips to delete printer drivers manually
What are the things that are to be considered while manually uninstalling the printer drivers from Windows XP computer?
Printer is a computer peripheral device that helps in making prints by communicating the computer. The printer helps in creating hard copies of documents that exists in your computer. The connection to the printer is established by the means of printer cables, Ethernet cables, USB cables, and wireless connections. You need to install necessary printer driver for the functioning of the printer installed in your computer. A Driver program has to be installed on the computer in order to use the connected device. The role of a driver program is to introduce the hardware to the Operating system and to make the hardware work according to the system or user request. Operating system would not recognize the hardware device or would detect it as an unknown device, if driver program is not installed.
The need and the tips to manually uninstall the printer driver are:
- Need to uninstall
- Disconnect the printer
- Deleting the driver
Need to uninstall
At times you might need to uninstall the printer drivers installed in your Windows XP based computer. This might be because of some issues with your printer driver. You might find your printer error-prone or it might refuse to work at all. One thing you could do if you encounter such issues is to check and reinstall the drivers. But the Windows XP tends to make it difficult to actually replace the drivers themselves. While uninstalling a printer, when you plug it back in, Windows will simply reload the same driver files from the same location, and if a corrupted driver file is the reason behind it, you have to isolate the true problem. So you would need to delete the driver file permanently to fix such issues.
Disconnect the printer
Before uninstalling the printer driver from your computer, you need to uninstall the printer driver from it. You could easily delete the printer drivers by unplugging it. This is as simple as disconnecting the USB cable that is plugged into the back of the printer. The Network printers don't have to be physically disconnected, and it's best to leave them alone in case others are connected to them.
You could easily delete the printer driver from your Windows XP computer. For this you could click on the 'Start' button and navigate to the 'Printers and Faxes'. This will open up a new windows listing all the printers, now you should right-click on the printer you want to manually remove from the computer, and select 'Delete'. After this you could open the Control Panel by pressing the 'Start' button again, and then select 'Control Panel'. There you could navigate to the 'Add or Remove Programs' and here you could scroll down to the printer's software from the list, and then press 'Change/Remove'.
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