This article will help guide you through the process of uninstalling a printer from your Windows-based computer. Once you uninstall a peripheral such as your printer, you can no longer use it. But if you are still in need of printing services, there are many local chain stores that offer these services for a fee.
How to Uninstall A Printer From Your Windows Based Computer
- In order to begin uninstalling your printer, make sure that it is still plugged in so that it is recognized when you start the computer. To begin, navigate and click the “Start” button on the bottom left corner of your desktop. Once your program menu generates, click on “Control Panel.” Your Control Panel will open, and you should navigate to the icon for Printers. When the window populates, it will have all printers that are installed on your computer available to click on. Once you have highlighted the printer you wish to uninstall, click on the “Delete Printer” button.
- A new window will pop up asking you “Are you Sure You Want To Delete This Printer?” If you are certain you no longer want this installed on your computer, click “Yes.” A new window for “Wise Install Wizard will open.” This gives you the name of the printer you are going to uninstall in the middle section of the window, as well as options to “Repair” or “Cancel.” If you are only having problems with your printer, it is suggested that you hit the bubble next to “Repair” and continue from here. If you indeed wish to uninstall, click the bubble next to “Uninstall” and then hit “Next.”
- The window moves to the next step in the process for you. This new window asks you if you would like to uninstall all related files for this printer including saved updates. Click on “Yes,” because without the printer installed, the updates for the printer are only using up space on your hard drive.
- A new window will open showing the progress of your command. You will see a progress bar in Vista or files moving from one folder to another in XP. The time needed to complete the process is shown in the middle portion of the window underneath the progress bar. Depending on the speed of your processor, this can take as little as 15 seconds and as much as two minutes. Once the process is complete, a new window will open saying “Uninstall Complete.” You then want to click on the “Close” button on the bottom right of this box to close it.
- Any time you uninstall a program from your computer, it is recommended that you restart for the changes to take effect. Newer computers always have a pop up box that will open as soon as the uninstall is complete, alerting you for the need to restart. Click on “Restart Now.”
- If your computer is an older model, you may have to manually restart your system. In order to do so, navigate to and click on your “Start” button on the bottom left corner of your desktop. In Vista, click on the power button that is located at the bottom of your program menu, and then hit “Restart.” Using XP, open your Start Up Menu, and navigate to your power options. Click on “Restart,” and your computer will begin to shut down. Once it restarts, the changes you specified during the uninstall process will take effect, and your printer is now removed from your computer.
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