The majority of the time, this issue begins with a fundamental Windows 10 error that indicates a printer issue. Windows 10 refuses to uninstall the printer when the user tries to do so.
Some customers claim that removing the printer device from the Devices menu results in a permanent "being removed" condition that does not improve over time. The printer is still listed in the devices list after uninstalling the software via Programs and Features.
If you are experiencing the same issue, the methods listed below will assist you in resolving it. Below is a list of solutions that other people have successfully used to delete their printer from Windows 10. Please proceed through each approach in order until you find a solution that works. Let's get started!
You can wish to get rid of a printer for various reasons, such as getting rid of an outdated printer or fixing printer issues. However, if you encounter the 'Windows 10 cannot remove printer' error on your device, here are some tried and true ways to help you resolve the issue.
If you cannot remove your printer from Windows 10, you may be experiencing a driver's fault. However, it's possible that removing the printer driver from the Print Server Properties box in Windows 10 will solve the problem.
Follow these steps to remove the printer from the Printer server:
Step 1: Open the control panel. You may do this from the control panel or via a Run dialogue.
Step 2: If the view is set to Categories, change it to Large or Small icons depending on your preferences.
Step 3: Select Devices and Printers from the drop-down menu.
Step 4: From the list of available printers, choose yours.
Step 5: A new Print server properties tab will appear in the top ribbon. To open the Print Server Properties, click on it.
Step 6: Go to the Drivers' Section.
Step 7: From the list of installer printers, choose your printer.
Step 8: At the bottom of the printer's list, click the Remove... button.
Step 9: To save your changes, click the Apply button and then OK.
Step 10: Go to Devices > Printers & Scanners under Settings.
Step 11: Remove the driver and software for your printer from the Windows Settings app.
Some users have been able to altogether remove the printer from their computer by using Registry Editor to remove any keys and subkeys associated with the troublesome printer.
Additionally, some users have claimed that after rebooting the system and removing the printer conventionally, the removal process was effective by precisely targeting the entries belonging to the corrupted printer.
Here's how to use Registry Editor to remove the offending printer's keys and subkeys:
Step 1: To open a Run box, press Windows key + R. Then, to start Registry Editor, type “Regedit” and press Enter.
Step 2: Using the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate to the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > Print > Printers.
Step 3: Locate the entry linked with the printer you wish to remove in the Printers key, right-click, and select Delete.
Continue with the following solutions below if the printer is still stuck.
A stuck print job can also prevent the printer from being removed, as several users have reported. Some of the impacted individuals could finally get rid of the recalcitrant printer by deleting the print jobs folder.
Here's how to delete the print jobs queue folder quickly:
Step 1: To open a Run box, press Windows key + R. After that, paste (or type) To open the folder containing the printing jobs, type run in the Run box and press Enter.
Step 2: To gain permission to edit the PRINTERS folder, answer Yes to the UAC question.
Step 3: Delete everything in the PRINTERS folder if it isn't already empty to free up the printing queue.
Step 4: Remove (or uninstall) the printer after the PRINTERS folder is empty, then restart your computer.
Printers are devices that translate a computer's text and graphic outputs to paper. Printers are widely used to print documents, reports, images, and other materials for various applications. Some Windows 10 users, however, have reported receiving an error message stating that they "can’t remove the printer Windows 10."
Many people have reported problems with their printers since the release of Windows 10. Apart from the numerous incompatibility issues that have reduced some functionality in Windows 10, several customers have reported losing the ability to remove the printer traditionally.