Tips to remove Printer Port
A printer port is used to connect a printer to a computer system. Modern printer ports are usually USB ports that attach a printer to the computer directly. Windows XP supports a vast number of devices including printers, scanners, fax machines and modems. Windows operating system users can delete the printer ports from the printer’s folder in the control panel. Windows XP operating system provides support for different types of printer ports, including LPT ports (parallel port), COM or serial ports and USB-type printer ports. Since there is no single standard maintained by printer manufacturers to connect printers to computers, different ports are provided by Windows. When a user is no longer using the printer, the port that was using the printer can be deleted.
- Helpful points for deleting printer ports
- How to remove/delete a printer port
- Problems while removing a printer and their troubleshooting
Helpful points for deleting printer ports
To successfully delete a printer port, the following points are to be kept in mind. Users cannot delete a printer port if it is in use with other devices installed in the Windows OS. Before deleting any printer port, first verify if any other device is currently using the port. The user must also stop any services running in the computer that are related to the device port that is to be removed. In case of printers, the print spooler must be stopped from the services. Once the services have been stooped and any devices using the port are stopped from using it, you can proceed to remove the printer port.
How to remove/delete a printer port
A printer port can be deleted from the printer properties menu in the Control panel. The exact steps to be followed are: Click the 'Start' button and then click on 'Settings' and go to 'Printers and Faxes'. If that option is not available, go to 'Control panel' and choose 'Printers and other hardware' or 'Printers and faxes' which can open the Printers and Faxes window. Click File in the menu bar followed by clicking 'Server Properties' in the drop-down menu. This can then open the Printer Server Properties window. Click on the tab labeled 'Ports' and locate the port that is to be deleted. Select that port by clicking on it and then press 'Delete'. Click 'Yes' when asked to confirm, the port is now deleted.
While deleting a port, several problems can be encountered. If any other devices are currently using the port, it cannot be deleted. To prevent this, uncheck those devices from the used ports list from the ports tab. Another problem could be that services running in the background based on the printer do not enable the port to be deleted. Stop the printer related services like print spooler from the Windows XP services menu which can be accessed from the administrative tools. If one or more printers are assigned to that port, it cannot be deleted. Reassign those printers to another port and then delete it. Make sure the printer is disconnected from the computer and is uninstalled, only then you can delete the port.
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