Printer cannot be Removed: Access Denied
Printers can be best described as those devices that are essential for taking physical copies of electronic files on a computer. There are different types of printers such as all-in-one printers, laser printers, inkjet printers etc and these are further classified according to the types of prints they produce. Printers work with the help of printer drivers. Printer drivers link the printer with the Operating System and without correct printer drivers, the printer would not be able to understand the requirements of the OS to produce required prints. In some cases, users would have to remove the printer from the system. This happens usually if the printer software installed on the system got corrupted, damaged or some other incompatible application or service is conflicting with the functioning of the printer. Some users might face "Printer cannot be removed: access denied" error message while removing printers. This issue normally occurs because of reasons such as registry errors, corruption of user profile, malware infections within the printer software etc.
- Repair system files
- Clean system registry
- Scan and remove malwares
Repair system files
Damage to some of the system files associated with the user profile can result in this error message, coming up on the system. In order to use the Operating System to its full capabilities, users must be logged into the system as the administrator and if the user account with administrative privileges became corrupted, the printer cannot be removed. In such cases, users can insert the installation disk of the OS and then repair the damaged system files to solve the problem so that users would be able to remove the printer.
Clean system registry
Windows based computers have a database of information known as the system registry. Registry contains important information regarding the working of the system and this includes working of the printer. Errors within the registry of the system can cause this error message to pop-up. Users getting this error message are suggested to clean the registry of the system using a registry cleaning software to remove unwanted clutters and to solve the problem.
Malware infections within the system can also cause this error. If the printer software or printer drivers gets infected with a malware, then the malware would lock the software/ drivers so that users would not be able to remove it from the system. Users getting "printer cannot be removed, access denied" message are suggested to scan the system with a good antivirus program and if some malwares are found, removing the infections would solve the problems and get the printer removed easily.
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