How To Remove All Printer Drivers In Windows 7

Let me start by saying that HP has some of the worst drivers for their small office printers. Shame on you!

After many rounds with “re-installing”, specifically HP drivers, I found that it was better to just manually wipe them from the computer and start over.

Open a command prompt with administrative privileges and enter:

net stop spooler

Navigate to (Paste one of these paths into the run command:

%systemroot%\system32\spool\drivers\

NOTE: %systemroot% is usually C:\Windows, but it might be “winnt” or something else; this is set when the OS is installed. Most systems are like this C:\Windows\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86 but also note that if you’re using a 64-bit version of windows the drivers will be in the folder called x64

Inside the w32x86/x64 folder there will be other folders and files. Delete the contents of these folders but do not delete them.

Restart the computer and re-install the printer.

Make sure you turn off or unplug the printer if it’s directly attached. If you don’t Windows will try and be smart and reinstall it for you.

Author: Helicopter Jeff

I'm a vinyl decal cutting and designing, Astrophotography and general photography capturing, RC helicopter/quad copter pilot, Arduino and Raspberry Pi hardware/software developer, network, scripting and troubleshooting ninja living in the metro NY area. I am passionate about my hobbies so much I do them for a living. There's nothing better than getting paid to do what you love.

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