What to look for when uninstalling a printer
There can be several reasons that might prompt you to opt for the printer uninstallation exercise. Printer driver error, printer not printing at all, printer spooler error, and the operating system not recognizing the printer are just a few of them to name. Whatever may be the error, the experience is undoubtedly frustrating. To resolve the errors, you will have to follow the step-wise uninstalling process as mentioned below. However, before you begin the process, there are a few other aspects that need attention too. Through this article, we are not just giving you the steps; we are also highlighting for you the important points that you should take care of before you start with the uninstallation process.
- Before uninstalling the printer driver, ensure that there are no jobs in printing: Many a times we may set the command for the printer to print documents, and on realizing that the device isn’t working (any of the errors as mentioned above), we immediately set out to remove/ uninstall the driver. In this process we completely forget that there are pending tasks still. This might hamper the printer from being successfully uninstalled. So, before you start the uninstall process, delete the printing jobs that are in the queue.
- Be sure to disconnect the printer from the computer before beginning the uninstall process: To successfully uninstall the printer, cut the printer-computer connection. If you attempted to start the uninstall process before disconnecting, you will have the ‘Found New Hardware’ dialog box open up every time. To resolve this, disconnect the connection and attempt to start the process afresh.
Once the above mentioned points have been taken care of, you could begin the uninstall process. To uninstall:
- Click on the ‘Start’ button
- Click on ‘Control Panel’ and further click on Hardware and Sound
- Select the ‘Printer’ option
- From the list of printers displayed, click on the particular one that you want to uninstall by right-clicking on the same
- Select the ‘Delete’ option
To complete the uninstall process, access the ‘File’ menu in Control Panel and then select the ‘Server properties’ option. Select and delete the particular driver of the printer that you deleted. Once the driver is removed, you may Restart your computer and let the changes take effect.
If you find difficulty while removing the printer connection from your Windows-based PC, you could read this article for handy tips and easy resolutions.