Unable to delete a shared printer in XP Pro
Posted on 2004-08-16
I recently replaced a HP LaserJet 4 with a brand new 4200. The printer is installed locally on a PC and is shared. Though not the wisest of actions, I did not remove the printer from the PCs that were connected to the share. One PC in particular is now ofcourse unable to communicate with the new printer, but worse, I cannot delete the printer and free up the printer port to reinstall (this PC runs some DOS apps that require lpt1 be mapped to a UNC address). I've tried everything I can think of but an error is constantly returned when attampting to delete the printer. Unfortunately the user is not present so I cannot recreate the error (as network printers are profile spacific) but it is something to the effect of "the printer has lost contact with the print server. I've toyed with the idea of deleting the users profiel (they're local) and I'm sure that would solve the problem but, there are several unique configurations that are profile spacific that I would much rather not have to recreate. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.