Printer driver registry
Why is necessary to remove printers and drivers from your system? How can one properly remove a printer from the registry?
The registry contains information about printer drivers which you have installed on the computer. The registry key contains all the hardware specific information about drivers and print processors. You can use print manager or the printer’s folder to change configuration settings for all printers. HKEY_CURRENT_USERPrinters is a registry path which contains description of the default printer. This registry path contains additional sub keys that define supporting DLLs, drivers, and other necessary information for installed printers. The sub keys contain information about DLL filename for the appropriate print monitor. You might experience some errors related to the printer driver. The spooler subsystem application of the printer might encounter some problems. Sometimes when you click on 'start' and click on 'printers and faxes' to view your printers, no printers appear. This will occur even if you have installed a printer. At this point, you need to remove the printer driver from the computer.
The following are some points highlighting the need to remove a printer, its drivers and tips to remove it from the registry:
- Remove printer definitions
- The need to remove printer driver
- Tips to remove a printer
Remove printer definitions
Sometimes the printer definitions in the registry might be corrupted due to some unknown reasons. The printer then will not work properly. The standard process of uninstalling and reinstalling the printer driver might not fix this problem. When you remove the printer options in the print manager, the printer connection disappears immediately. But traces of the printer driver exist in the registry. In such cases, you need to manually remove the printer definitions from the registry.
The need to remove printer driver
Most of the problems related with printers are caused due to the printer driver. These problems are caused by corrupted printer driver or when the printer driver is installed incorrectly. You must make sure that you have installed a compatible printer driver on your computer. If the printer driver is corrupted or damaged, then you need to remove it from the computer. In order to remove the printer driver, you can use the 'add or remove program' feature of the computer. You have to manually remove it from the registry.
Printers are devices which are used to take print of text, documents and photos. If the printer is not working perfectly, you need to remove it from the computer. In order to do this, you need to click on 'start' and click on 'printers and faxes' and then right click on the 'printer' tab and choose delete. After the removal of the printer, you need to remove the printer driver from the computer.
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