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How to Uninstall a Printer From Your Computer



This article provides instructions on removing a printer from your computer.


  • Dell Branded Printers

    1. Turn the printer on.



    2. Make sure the Dell printer is connected to your computer (USB cable, wireless or wired).
      Note: If the printer is no longer available, you may have lees success removing the printer without it being attached.



    3. Make sure there is nothing in the print queue.
      For more information refer to Dell Knowledge base article How to Cancel a Print Job in the Queue.



    4. A corrupted printer spooler can cause the printer uninstall process not to work.
      Click your Operating System below to open the Microsoft printer spooler reset page and follow the instructions.
      Note: Resetting the printer spooler may uninstall your printer driver.



    5. Uninstall the printer:
      • For Windows 8.1 perform following steps:
        1. Move the cursor to the upper right corner of the screen until the Charms Bar appears.
        2. Click or touch Settings.
        3. Click or touch Change PC settings.
        4. Click or touch PC and devices.
        5. Click or touch Devices.
        6. Click or touch the printer you want to remove.
        7. Click or touch Remove device.
        8. Click or touch Yes to remove the printer.

      • For Windows 7 perform following steps:
        1. Click the Start button.
        2. Click Devices and Printers.
        3. Right-click the printer you desire to uninstall.
        4. Select Remove device.
        5. Click Yes to remove the printer.

      • For Windows Vista perform following steps:
        1. Click Start.
        2. Click Control Panel.
        3. Click Printer.
        4. Click File.
        5. Click Server Properties.
        6. Click the Driver tab.
        7. Click the driver(s) you want to remove.
        8. Click Remove.
        9. Click Yes to confirm the removal.
        10. Click Close.  

      • For Windows XP perform following steps:
        1. Click Start.
        2. Click Control Panel.
        3. Click Printers and Faxes.
        4. Click File.
        5. Click Server Properties.
        6. Click the Driver tab.
        7. Click the driver(s) you want to remove.
        8. Click Remove.
        9. Click Yes to confirm the removal.
        10. Click Close.
    Note: Disconnect any USB cable from the printer, wait for the installation process to tell you when to reconnect a USB cable.

  • Non-Dell Branded Printers

    1. Refer to your printer manufacture for the rest of the un-installation process, the third party printer vendor web sites may be referenced below (Table 1).

      Printer Vendor Web Site
      Brother www.brother.com
      Canon www.canon.com
      Citizen www.citizen-systems.com
      Epson www.epson.com
      Fujitsu www.fujitsu.com/global/support
      HP www.hp.com
      IBM www.ibm.com
      Kyocera www.kyoceramita.com
      Lexmark www.lexmark.com
      NEC www.nec.com
      Okidata www.okidata.com
      Panasonic www.panasonic.net
      Samsung www.samsung.com
      Star Micronics www.starmicronics.com
      Toshiba www.toshiba.co.jp/worldwide/index.html
      Table 1: Non-Dell Printer Vendor Web Sites
    Note: If you receive an error during the un-installation process, refer to the Dell Knowledge Base article Manually Uninstall the Printer Software and Drivers.




Article ID: SLN146708

Last Date Modified: 09/21/2014 08:35 PM


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