Remove Printer Drivers
What are the techniques to remove the drivers of a printer. Discuss methods to remove printer files from registry.
Drivers are software programs which communicate with the hardware components which are installed in your PC. For the proper working of these hardware parts, the drivers should be regularly updated. The drivers are provided by the Operating System and also by the hardware manufactures. Hardware such as printers also take the help of drivers for communicating with the computer. But, sometimes the driver used for printer in communication should be removed. This is for several reasons such as driver updating, improper working of printer, virus attack etc. There are several methods for removing printer drivers. Go to the control panel. Click on 'Printers and faxes' icon in the Control Panel window. A new window will open and in the File menu click 'Server properties'. You can see several tabs on the upcoming Server properties window. Click on the 'Drivers' tab. Here, a list of entire printer drivers installed in your computer is shown. You can remove printer driver manually by using 'Remove' button in this window. If you cannot remove the printer driver by the above method, you can do it by modifying the registry. It is a risky process. For this, you have to find the registry entry for the particular driver and delete it. If you are removing the printer driver for installing the latest driver, there is no need for uninstalling the driver. Because by installing the latest driver, the old one will automatically remove or will update.
Following are the methods for removing printer files from registry:
- Tips for deleting printer files
- Methods for removal
- Importance of registry
Tips for deleting printer files
You can delete printer driver files from the Printer Manager option as described above. But, it will not delete the files completely. As this process removes the printer but internally the spooler marks the printer for deletion. And, it does not actually delete the printer until the next time that the Spooler Service starts. Therefore, you should stop and restart the Spooler Service before attempting to recreate a printer. This can be done by altering the registry files.
Methods for removal
For removing registry files, you need to first open the registry window. For that, click on 'Run' option in Windows Start button. Type "regedit" in the dialogue box that opens and press enter. Here the registry Windows opens which contains the entire program registry files. Remove printer files by entering in to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. Here, you can find your printer files. Remove these files to fix the issue.
Importance of registry
Registry can be called as the central database of Operating System. It stores all the information that the computer needs to run. So, it's that before making any change to the registry file you need to keep these things in mind. take a backup of all the files before altering the registry. If you are not a computer expert don’t do registry modification..
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