Local TCP/IP Printer Port

I have a client that had installed a local printer via TCP/IP port. Somehow the printer got deleted. I want to readd the printer using the same IP address but I cannot because it is already in use. It didnt get released when the printer was removed.
What is the easiet way to reuse this port?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Install the printer and use an existing port.  Then select the port with the IP needed.
if above doesnt work you can create a new port with the same IP
or, create a new printer, whatever driver it doesnt matter because you wont be using it... make it use LPT1.  get the printer made...  then, right-click it, properties, ports.  left click one time on LPT1,   then use your keyboard arrow keys to arrow down to what you think the ip port is, and DELETE/REMOVE it.

then, add another port... name/ip whatever it should be... then put the checkmark by that one, apply, general tab, print test page.

it is important to use the keybaord arrow keys because you wont be able to delete the ip port if you left-click it enough where it is highlighted.

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