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How to delete a TCP/IP port?

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In an attempt to use a wireless print server with a Vista Business laptop, I followed a link found on Experts Exchange.  
I got the printer/ print server to function - for one day.  However, the following day, the printer quit working and reported errors.
I attempted to reinstall - trouble, so then deleted the printer and tried setting it from scratch.
However, again, in the process I have to set up a standard TCP/IP port, but I get the message that the port is already in use (from the original printer setup?).  
How can I delete the port so I can set up again?
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Rather than creating a new port, you can select "Use the following port:, select the TCP/IP port you've previously created, and continue the instruction from there.

There is a way of removing previously created ports, but I'll have to post back with that instruction if I can relearn how.
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I agree with gabbadar: it's easier to re-use the port.

If you do want to remove it, both sets of instructions given will work. However, make sure no driver uses it before you try. If a driver still uses it, first connect that driver to a different port (e.g. LPT1) under the Ports tab.

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Thanks all.
What I finally had to do was create a new printer (HP Deskjet 930 series) as a local printer.
Once installed, I could "edit" the available ports.

Without doing that, all the ports were "greyed out" and would not allow me to select for editing or deletion.

Final solution:  Apple AirPort Extreme - 802.11n router & USB print sever all in one.  Clean unit - a bitl more expensive - but worked first time on all the connected computers.  

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