On Windows 11, when you no longer connect to a printer, the peripheral will remain available on the computer even if you remove it since the process doesn’t delete the driver. Print drivers will be kept on the computer in case they are ever needed again.
Although this might be a great approach to reinstall a printer without having to provide the controllers again, if you keep them on the computer will only waste space on the hard drive. And if a problem occurs and gets corrupted, it may cause other issues since the system will try to use drivers that don’t work.
However, if you no longer need or want to remove a corrupted print driver, Windows 11 provides a way to uninstall it from the computer completely.
This guide will teach you the steps to remove a printer driver from Windows 11.
Uninstall printer driver on Windows 11
Removing a printer and driver on Windows 11 is a two-step process. You first need to use the Settings app to uninstall the printer and then the Print Management app or PowerShell (depending on whether you use Windows 11 Pro or Home) to delete the driver package from the computer.
1. Remove printer in Settings
To remove a printer on Windows 11, use these steps:
Open Settings on Windows 11
Click on Bluetooth & devices.
Click the Printers & scanners page on the right side.
Select the printer to open its properties.
Click the Remove button.
Click the Yes button.
Once you complete the steps, you can delete the driver from Windows 11.
2. Delete printer driver in Print Management
To completely remove the printer driver from the device, use these steps:
Search for Control Panel and click the top result to open the console.
Click on System and Security.
Click on Windows Tools.
Double-click the Print Management option.
Expand the Custom Filters branch.
Click on All Drivers from the left navigation pane.
Right-click the printer driver on the right side, and select the Delete option.
Click the Yes button.
After you complete the steps, the printer driver will no longer be available on the device. If you need to reinstall the peripheral, Windows 11 will need to download the driver again, or you will need to provide them manually.
3. Delete printer driver with PowerShell
If you use the Home edition of Windows 11, you won’t have access to the Print Management app, but you can still use PowerShell commands to uninstall the driver.
To remove a print driver with PowerShell, use these steps:
Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
Type the following command to list all the print drivers installed on Windows 11 and press Enter:
Get-PrinterDriver | Format-List Name
Type the following command to remove the print driver and press Enter:
Remove-PrinterDriver -Name "Your-Printer-Name"
In the command, update the printer name with the name that appears in step No. 3. The quotation marks are required if the name includes spaces.
For example, this command removes the “HP Officejet Pro 8620” from Windows 11:
Remove-PrinterDriver -Name "HP Officejet Pro 8620"
Once you complete the steps, the printer driver will be removed entirely from the system. You may need to repeat the steps to uninstall other printers.