Removing printer driver in Windows® XP®
Find out why you are having issues while trying to remove printer driver from Windows XP.
Windows XP is an advanced high performance Operating System from Microsoft that is incorporated with many highly functional features and options that help to enhance both user productivity and computing experience. The Windows XP Operating System supports a wide variety of peripheral devices like printers, scanners, copiers etc that are used to enhance the functionality and productivity of the system. The drivers for different components and peripheral devices are to be installed separately in the Windows XP system so as to make the OS capable of utilizing the functionality of the attached device/component. Printer drivers are programs that enable the Windows XP OS to recognize the attached printer as a model or type of printer and thus enable to utilize its functionality to increase user productivity. The printer driver, in normal cases, can be removed along with the printer support software from the program uninstaller utility in the Windows XP 'Control panel', or can be removed using the options in the Printers menu. Failed to remove driver, unable to complete uninstall, uninstall process failed etc followed by error codes are some of the common errors or issues that can occur while trying to remove printer driver from a Windows XP system.
Discussed below are some points that will help the users in deleting printer driver from a Windows XP system.
- Stop related services/processes
- Scan and fix issues in the system
- Device manager removal procedure
Stop related services/process
The users are not allowed to delete the installed printer driver while the related processes and services are running in the Windows XP system. All users are therefore advised to stop or suspend all related services and processes running in the system by using the task manager and services menu before trying to delete the printer driver from the Windows XP computer.
Scan and fix issues in the system
Critical issues and errors in the Windows XP Operating System will also cause problems while trying to delete the printer drivers from the computer. So it is recommended that the users perform a complete system scan using a reliable threats scanner and the SFC utility, so as to fix all system issues like infections, threats, Operating System file errors etc before proceeding with driver delete operation.
In some cases, users will not be able to remove the printer driver by using the normal procedure and will have to use administrator privileges to perform advanced driver removal procedure. The users can follow the advanced procedure of removing the driver by entering the 'Device Manager' menu of the Windows XP OS. Uninstalling the installed driver by selecting the desired printer’s properties menu from the listed devices using administrative privileges will help in successfully removing the printer driver without any issues.
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