How to Delete a Printer Driver in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to delete or remove a printer driver in Windows 11. When you remove a printer in Windows, the removal process doesn’t delete the printer’s drivers. The drivers will remain installed on the computer so that if needed in the future, it can be reused.

When you get a similar printer, simply connect it to Windows and it should start working with the same drivers that were previously installed. In fact, Windows comes with some pre-installed printer drivers for most popular printers. That’s why some popular printers automatically work when connected to Windows 11.

Although it’s a good approach to install a printer with currently installed printer drivers, some drivers may not work well as others, and if there’s a problem with the current printer drivers or they are corrupted, it’s better to simply delete them and install new drivers that work with a printer.

If you also no longer need a printer driver, why keep it installed on your computer? Why waste space or have drivers you’re not going to use again?

Below is how to delete a printer driver from Windows 11.

How to remove a printer from Windows 11

As mentioned above, one can delete a printer driver from Windows with ease. If a printer driver will not be used again, you can simply delete it from your computer, and the steps below show you how.

First, you’ll will have remove the printer that you will no longer be removing. Below is how to remove a printer from Windows 11.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 settings button

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Bluetooth & devices, then select Printers & scanners tile on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 add new scanners

Next, click on the tile of the printer you want to delete from Windows. If you have multiple printers installed on your PC, they should all be listed on this pane.

windows 11 share a printer with others

Once the printer detail pane opens, click the Remove button to remove the printer from Windows.

windows 11 share printer properties remove

How to delete a printer driver in Windows 11

Now that the printer has been removed, you can delete the drivers associated with the printer.

To delete a driver, open the Control Panel in Windows 11

Then go to System and Security category.

system and security windows 11

Click Windows Tools.

windows 11 windows tool control panel

In the Windows Tool page, click and open, Print Management.

Expand the Custom Filters branch and select All Drivers from the left navigation pane.

Locate the printer driver on the list, right-click and select Remove Driver Package..

windows 11 remove printer drivers

Click Yes when prompted to confirm the removal.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to remove a printer driver from Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

1 Comment

  1. What does it mean if the “remove” button isn’t there when you open up the printer in settings?

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