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How to remove a Windows printer through DOS
chrisandkc Feb-22-02 01:26 PM
There is a non-existant printer in the Windows printer folder, but if you try and uninstall the printer through Windows it will lock up the computer. Does anyone know how to remove the printer through DOS?


1. RE: How to remove a Windows printer through DOS
lbyard Feb-22-02 01:58 PM
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I know of no way to do it from the DOS prompt...

If you have Windows NT, 2000, or XP do Steps to Manually Remove and Reinstall a Printer Driver (Q135406) at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q135406.

If you have an HP USB printer do http://www.hp.com/cposupport/printers/support_doc/bpd09106.html.

You may want try to first install an identical printer driver with a different name and then remove both of them. Larry

2. RE: How to remove a Windows printer through DOS
Twinhead Mar-28-02 02:38 PM
In response to message 0
There is ONE posible way I know of....

Edit and resafe the next files:

c:\windows\win.ini (copy it first to win.inx for safety!)
See if there are printers listed, and remove them.

c:\windows\system.ini (copy it first to system.inx for safety!)
Do the same there.

Then, start over again in Windows and see (NOT UNINSTALL IT IF THERE) if it is still present.
If yes, Run Regedit.exe
Let it search for that printer and if it comes up with it, delete that item.
Press F3 (Key) to search it furtheron in the file.
If all done, Restart and see again.


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