Ways to remove Windows® Vista® printer drivers
How do you remove Windows Vista printer drivers?
A printer is a hardware component which is used for creating the hard copy of a document. A printer which is connected to the wired or wireless network is known as a network printer. Printers those are capable of sharing files from one computer to another system via some connections are called shared printers. Installing a printer driver on your computer is a difficult task compared with the installation of other device drivers. Once your printer has been added, you may change some of its settings like location, printer model and any installable options using the printer setup utility. A printer driver is a software program that controls the printer device. For the operation of the printer, it is necessary to install appropriate driver on the system. Before you a uninstall printer driver from Windows Vista, back up all important files. There is a chance to data loss while removing the printer driver from the system.
Here are the tips to remove or uninstall printer driver from Windows Vista:
- Using built-in tools
- Using Device Manager
- Things to be kept in mind
Using built-in tools
Windows Vista comes with a built-in tool called Microsoft Management Console (MMC) which helps to remove drivers. For that you need to reboot your system and run as an administrator. Then select 'Start' and type MMC and go up to the 'File' menu and select Add OR Remove Snap-in, from the MMC shortcut which appearS. Then select the 'Print Management' snap-in and click ‘Add’. Then a Window will open and select 'Add the Local Server'. From that select the drivers that you need to remove.
Using Device Manager
Windows Vista comes with Device Manager that helps to uninstall printer drivers. Select the 'Printers and Faxes folder' in the Control Panel of Windows Vista. Then you need to select the properties of File>Server and from there you will get a list of printer drivers. Then you can easily remove the printer driver from Windows Vista.
A printer needs to be connected directly to the computer for printing to continue. When you perform the uninstallation of drivers, it is better to take a backup of your necessary files. Also, ensure that you have proper power backup to avoid power loss in between the process.
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