Windows, any version, has never been known for cleanliness. Microsoft has no qualms when it comes to leaving tons of outdated and unneeded files on your system. Printer drivers are no exception to this philosophy. You might have installed a printer many years ago that you haven’t used for a very long time. That doesn’t matter to Windows. It will faithfully hang on to that old driver forever just in case you need to fire up that old dot-matrix collecting dust in your closet. This Quick Tips article will show you how to remove some of that wasteful cruft.
Getting To The Setting
Use the Windows key plus R to open a Run Box
- Type printmanagement.msc and click OK
- In the left panel, expand Print Servers
- Below that, expand the <Name>(local) entry
- Below that, click Drivers
- In the middle panel, right-click the offending driver that you want to uninstall
That should bring you here:
In the Context menu that opens, click Remove Driver Package. That will open a window similar to this one:
Since I don’t have any printer drivers installed, I can’t show you the Delete button in other than its greyed out state (I haven’t used a printer in maybe a decade). If you have chosen a valid driver, you will be able to delete it at this point.
There might be reasons for doing this other than removing unnecessary dead weight. You might, for example, want to run a clean installation of a brand new driver that you just got for one of your printers. When it comes to drivers, clean installations are the way to go.
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