Posted by: kurtsh | November 30, 2009

HOWTO: Remove a Printer Driver package from Windows 7

image I ain’t even gonna pretend I knew how to do this.  This annoys me that it was this difficult for me to figure out.  I had to BING the damned thing in order to get it done.

The problem I had was that when you uninstall a printer, you don’t actually uninstall the driver/driver package associated with that printer.  If you go ahead and reinstall the printer all over again, (like a network printer) it’ll just use what you’ve got installed on your system and you’re hosed.

SO WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A CORRUPTED PRINTER DRIVER/PACKAGE
Basically, in order to remove a corrupted Printer Driver from Windows 7, you have to do the following:

  1. Run MMC from START—> RUN.
  2. Click File –> Add Remove Snap In
  3. Select Print Management
  4. Click the “Add Local server” button
  5. Click “Drivers” in the Print Management –> Print Servers –> YOURMACHINE (local) hierarchy
  6. Right click the Printer Driver/Package you want removed.

[Props go to eHow for showing me this little routine.]


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