How to Remove Printer Driver in Windows® 7
Get to know more about ways to remove printer driver in Windows 7
Drivers are the communication link between the hardware and the operating system and without correct printer drivers, the printer would not be able to understand the requirements of the OS to produce the prints required. Printer drivers are also essential for OS to understand the status of the work being done by the printer. Windows 7 OS supports all kinds of external devices. Windows 7 not only supports devices, but also extracts better performance from the hardware devices. However, some issues might come up with the use of printer drivers, the printer drivers would have to be uninstalled/ removed from the Windows 7 OS. Printer drivers on Windows 7 can be easily uninstalled or removed from the OS using the device manager of the system. If users are not familiar with the use of device manager on Windows 7, then users can also make use separate software such as Driver Genius to remove the drivers from the system. However, some problems might come up with the removal of printer drivers from Windows 7. These include errors during the uninstall process, uninstall process freezing, system restarting when uninstalling the drivers etc.
Following details mentioned below gives users more information regarding need to remove printer drivers from Windows 7:
- Driver corruption
- Compatibility issues
- Malware infections
Drivers installed on your Windows 7 computer might get corrupted. The corruption of drivers might be because of many reasons such as corruption of system files associated with the drivers, registry problems on the system and so on. If the printer drivers installed on the system got corrupted in some way, then the printer would become inoperable and the drivers would have to be uninstalled and replaced with another version to get the printer working properly.
If the printer drivers installed on your Windows 7 computer is clashing with some other important drivers installed on the system such as graphics drivers or sound drivers, then the drivers would have to be installed. Clashes between the installed drivers mean that issues such as blue screen errors and recurring system restart problem would continuously come up. Compatibility issues with the printer drivers installed on the system can be only solved by uninstalling the printer drivers and replacing with a suitable compatible version. Incompatible printer drivers are best removed in the safe mode of the system.
Malware infections can cause all kinds of issues on a computer. If your Windows 7 system got infected with a very bad malware, and the infection has attached itself to the printer drivers, issues might come up as malware infected drivers would e unable to sustain proper communication between printer and the OS. In such cases, the drivers would have to be uninstalled after cleaning the system with an updated antivirus program.
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