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: 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: 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: 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. 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:

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