The goal of removing the printer driver in Windows Vista and Windows 7 is to dispose of unused printer drivers and also to completely remove the printer drivers from your computer. Usually, if you do remove the printer driver through the Control Panel or “Device and Printer”, indeed the driver will be deleted, but the process does not completely remove the printer driver.
When you reinstall these printer drivers, sometimes you will noticed “Printer Copy 1” and so on. This happens because the driver file is not deleted entirety. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, there was a lot of printer drivers embedded in the systems, so we do not need to install drivers from CD or USB drive anymore. The printer will be installed automatically with the default Windows drivers. This sometimes makes Printer Copy 1 and so on. Here’s how to remove the printer driver on Windows 7 and Vista.
- Click Start button, then choose “Run”. In the box, type “printmanagement.msc”
- Furthermore, the “Print Management” window will be open. In the root “Custom Filters” search All Printers -> All Drivers, then right click on printer driver’s name that you want to delete and choose ‘Delete’.
- Now the process of removal of the unused printer drivers has been completed, it will not appear Printer Copy 1, Copy 2 Printer, and so on.
- Re-install your printer driver (if needed).