FIX: A deleted printer in Windows 10 keeps coming back

Teodor Nechita
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FIX: Deleted a printer in Windows 10 keeps coming back featured

If your deleted printer keeps reappearing on your Windows system, especially when you’re trying to print something, you’re not the only one.

Several users have been complaining of official forums that their deleted printers keep coming back even when they try deleting it.

[…]The old printer was “deleted” from the “Devices & Printers” but every time the user logs in, the old printer returns like a ghost, its image greyed-out.[…]

One possible reason for this issue is deleting the printer while it was still in the process of printing a document.

How to permanently delete printers form your system?

This issue is most commonly found at workplaces, where several people use several printers.

1. Check out the Print Server Properties

  1. Press Windows + S
  2. Type in Printers
  3. Select Devices and Printers
  4. Click on the desired printer and select Print Server Properties
  5. Locate the Drivers tab, and choose the printer you want to delete
  6. Right-click and select Remove
  7. Choose Apply and OK to save the changes you just made

FIX: Deleted a printer in Windows 10 keeps coming back Delete printer server properties

Once this is finished, proceed with the following:

  1. Press Windows
  2. Click on the Settings button (the cogwheel-shaped button in the Start menu)
  3. Go to Apps & features
  4. Select the undesired printer
  5. Remove it from your system

You can also use this solution to fix other printer-related issues.

2. Check out your registry

  1. Press Windows + R
  2. Type in regedit
  3. Navigate to this address:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers
  4. Click to expand the Printers tab
  5. Locate the printer you want to delete
  6. Restart your PC

Deleted a printer in Windows 10 keeps coming back Registry editor


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3. Use a Deleter tool

There are plenty of deleter tools out there, some of which are even free of charge.

The only thing you should know before using one is that it is a good idea to create a system restore point before using it.

4. Log out all users from the PC

If your PC has multiple users logged in, then the chance of the printer is in use by one of them is increased.

Log out all users and then delete the printer and its driver package.

5. Delete it through the Device Manager

  1. Press Windows + X
  2. Select Device Manager from the list
  3. Expand the Show hidden devices tab
  4. If you see your printer there, right-click it and select Uninstall

Deleted a printer in Windows 10 keeps coming back Device manager show hidden device

6. Delete it through the Print Management

  1. Press Windows + S
  2. Select the Print management app
  3. Select Custom Filters
  4. Go to All printers
  5. Right-click the printer you want to remove, and select Delete

Deleted a printer in Windows 10 keeps coming back Print Management

We hope you found our article helpful, and if you did, feel free to leave a comment below.


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