Process of deleting printer drivers from Windows® Vista®
What are the different methods to delete printer drivers from Windows Vista?
Windows Vista Operating System has a stylish design and comes with improved visual effects. Windows Vista is an upgraded version of Windows XP, and it can be used for personal computers, which include home and business desktop computers. You need to delete printer drivers from Windows Vista due to several reasons. If the drivers are outdated, you need to delete the old drivers, or if you want to upgrade to a new version, then you have to delete the printer driver from Windows Vista. In Windows Vista the printer driver can be deleted through 'System and Maintenance' settings. A printer driver is essential for the use of the printer.
Here are the different processes to delete printer drivers from Windows Vista, its issues and ways to solve the issues:
- Using Control Panel
- Using MMC tool
- Common issues
Using Control Panel
In order to remove the printer driver from Windows Vista, select 'Start' and go to ‘Control Panel' and choose ‘System and Maintenance’. After that select ‘Device Manager’ from the ‘System’ sub folder and choose ‘Continue’ to avoid Windows Vista User Account Control. Then you will get a window, from that locate the USB controller file tab, right-click that option and find out the printer item and choose the option ‘Uninstall’ to delete the printer driver from Windows Vista.
Using MMC tool
Windows Vista there is a built-in tool for removing the printer driver which is known as Microsoft Management Console (MMS). For that, restart the system and login as administrator. Select 'Start' and go to MMC, from that choose the 'Add or Remove Snap-in'. From the list, choose ‘Print Management’ and a window will open and choose ‘Add the Local Server’. Then you will get a list of drivers and select the drivers that you want to remove and click ‘Remove Driver Package’.
You are not able to delete the printer if the printer queue is running. If you have the printer permission, then you can cancel all the print jobs and can delete the driver. Before deleting printer driver from the Operating System you need to ensure that you have with you the updated driver for the printer. The deletion of the printer driver might not allow the corresponding printer device to work.
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