Networked printer on xp pro will not delete

System is Windows xp pro which was originally connecting into a network printer.  The server and network printer are no longer there.  I went into the registry HKCU\printers\connections and found the printer and deleted.  When I restarted the system, the network printer returned.  
Is there somewhere else I should be looking to delete?
Thank you
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Is there maybe a login script that is mapping the printer?
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Cert98Author Commented:
No logon scripts.  
Have you tried running a logon script that wouuld remove mapped printers?

Try this one.....I have used it to remove a mapped printer.
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Devices]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\PrinterPorts]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Print\Printers\]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Print\Providers\LanMan Print Services\Servers\<Your Print Server>\Printers\
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Devices]
might want to delete them from here as well
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\PrinterPorts]
Steve McCarthy, MCSE, MCSA, MCP x8, Network+, i-Net+, A+, CIWA, CCNA, FDLE FCIC, HIPAA Security OfficerIT Consultant, Network Engineer, Windows Network Administrator, VMware AdministratorCommented:
Is it shared on the XP system or on some other machine on the network?  If so, it'll keep showing up.
Cert98Author Commented:
Thanks for the suggestions but it is still there.
I deleted all the settings in the registry links.  It appeared that the printer was gone.  When I added another printer (local port) and attempted to print - the old mapped printer showed up.  Even though I have the local printer set as default, I think the print jobs are attempting to print to the old printer. There are many other systems which were set up at the same time but this is the only system with this problem.
If it's possible, can you reinstalled the mapped printer? Once it is reinstalled, just go into the printer folder and delete it. That's all you should ever have to do.
Do this:
start -> run -> net stop spoolsv
start -> run -> regedit - search for any value containing the name of the printer and delete it
boot your computer.
Cert98Author Commented:
This old networked  printer is still showing up!
I have deleted all keys in the registry for this printer, did a search for this printer in the registry - it was gone.
I then tried to print a test page from the local printer - the local printer did try to print - but stalled and nothing came out.  When I went to look at the printers in the system, the network printer reappeared.
Back into the registry I found the only key with the printer was :
HK current user\software\Microsoft\windows nt\currentversion\printerports\
the value in that field was:
Printerports winspool, NE00:15, 45
again I deleted that key- tried to print from the local printer - and this printer was back in the registry
Thanks to all for trying to help
Cert98Author Commented:
Problem has been fixed.  I created a local user account on the computer, unplugged the system from the network, logged onto the local computer, deleted the local profiles on the system, deleted the old network printer, added the local printer to the system,  logged back on with a network user account and the new printer was there and the old networked pathed printer never appeared again.  Somehow the networked printer was locked into one of the local profiles.

Thanks for the ideas and tips.
Adm - please close this question.
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