Rogue HP Printer driver -- cannot get rid of it.

  1. Posts : 11,212
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux

    Rogue HP Printer driver -- cannot get rid of it.

    Hi there

    just cannot get rid of an HP printer on W10 CU update.

    Did the standard things - removed via Devices and printers, removed drivers via print server (on the devices and printers) , stopped the spool and deleted entries from printers file on spool and also removed entry from registry.

    Printer is STILL there after next re-boot so where else is it hiding !!!!!! - any ideas. (BTW Of course I've disconnected the hardware !!!!).

      My Computer

  2. WOT
    Posts : 471
    Win 10 Pro 15063.332 (ex-Insider)

    Hi Jimbo,

    That old HP printer may be recovering from DriveStore.

    You can access it manually and delete that old driver (if present):

    Or, you can download this portable utility to look for it and delete it as well:
    (click run as admin after starting to enable deletions)

    Here's a screenshot for your edification:
    Rogue HP Printer driver -- cannot get rid of it.-screenshot-2-.png

    Good luck,

      My Computers

  3. Posts : 11,212
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
    Thread Starter

    Hi there


    Eventually I found the solution --Bonkers one I admit but it was the trick.

    On a VM I needed to DELETE Printer from the VM hardware config -- otherwise the VM would re-connect the printer back into the VM -- not sure how or why but because you can dynamically add / remove (i.e connect / disconnect) hardware from a VM who knows how it interacts with Windows !!!

    Rogue HP Printer driver -- cannot get rid of it.-snapshot14.png

    So after deleting the printer with regedit etc and then removing / deleting the printer from the VM configuration - at next boot system was fine. !!! -- Remove printer BEFORE re-powering on the VM though.

    (This was running W10 VM under VMWARE Workstation) --probably the same on vmware player.

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