Printer problem Windows 8

Posted on 2013-06-24
Last Modified: 2013-11-03

I have a problem with drivers on a Windows 8 pc. I'm trying to delete them, but I cannot. This is what happens: I go to devices and printers and delete the printers. Then go to print server properties and go to drivers. When I want to delete the driver, it says it is still in use. Then I restart the print spooler to "release" the drivers. Problem is that then the printers automatically get reinstalled. Again claiming the driver. How can I stop the reinstallation?

In XP you have automatically search for network and printers, but not in Windows 8. There is something simular in Network and sharing centerm but that is allready disabled.

Thanks for any help
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If you are deleting all printers, then the following would not apply.

It is possible that more than one printer uses the same driver. In that case, deleting just one of them is not enough; you need to delete all printers using that driver.

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Thanks for your answer, but I have deleted all printers. When i restart the print spooler all printers get installed again automatically
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Are you printing via a server? In that case, a login script may update you printers every time. If that is the problem you need to talk to your sysadmin.

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I'm the sysadmin. Yes, there is a login script creating printers. But the script runs at login. These printers are recreated after login script has already run

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