Windows 10: printer selection will not go away


  1. Posts : 11
    windows 10 clean install
       29 Sep 2015 #1

    printer selection will not go away


    hi,
    I want to delete a printer selection from the print window
    for example text document File>Print
    I've deleted it in the window but it comes back.

    Joe
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    29 Sep 2015 #2

    On my system, all the printers that show up in Devices and Printers are listed as selections for printing anything. If you don't want them listed, I think you have to remove them from Devices and Printers.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    30 Sep 2015 #3

    This actually turns out to be a more interesting problem than it might seem to be at first blush. Many times when you try to remove entries in Devices and Printers, you won't be able to do so. I've learned through repeated trial and error that editing various printer keys in the registry seems to be the best way to get rid of stale printer entries therein. I'll also observe that using RDP adds printers reflected from the RDP host (where you run the RDP client to remote into other machine) onto the RDP target (the machine you're remoting into) and there's apparently NOTHING you can do to remove these entries from those targets, short of a clean reinstall.

    See this Microsoft KB article to learn more about registry keys related to printing:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/102966

    Run this Google Search to find several blog posts I've written on the subject of removing stale printer entries.

    HTH,
    --Ed--
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 11
    windows 10 clean install
    Thread Starter
       30 Sep 2015 #4

    Mark Phelps said: View Post
    On my system, all the printers that show up in Devices and Printers are listed as selections for printing anything. If you don't want them listed, I think you have to remove them from Devices and Printers.
    EdTittel said: View Post
    This actually turns out to be a more interesting problem than it might seem to be at first blush. Many times when you try to remove entries in Devices and Printers, you won't be able to do so. I've learned through repeated trial and error that editing various printer keys in the registry seems to be the best way to get rid of stale printer entries therein. I'll also observe that using RDP adds printers reflected from the RDP host (where you run the RDP client to remote into other machine) onto the RDP target (the machine you're remoting into) and there's apparently NOTHING you can do to remove these entries from those targets, short of a clean reinstall.

    See this Microsoft KB article to learn more about registry keys related to printing:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/102966

    Run this Google Search to find several blog posts I've written on the subject of removing stale printer entries.

    HTH,
    --Ed--
    I was about to go into regedit and delete the printer selection, but when I checked for the exact name of the printer
    it was gone. thanks for the help

    Joe
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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