Completely remove a printer via PowerShell

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 12 Nov. 2013 / Last Updated on 12 Nov. 2013]

A tip on how to completely remove a printer via Windows PowerShell

Here's a tip from my colleague Ed Wilson (the Microsoft Scripting Guy) about how to completely remove a printer via Windows PowerShell.

Question: You need to completely remove a printer via Windows PowerShell. This includes the Printer, the print driver and the print port. How can you do this?

Answer: Use the Remove-Printer, Remove-PrintDriver and the Remove-PrinterPort functions. This appears here:

Remove-Printer -Name "PrintToFile"

Remove-PrinterDriver -Name "Generic / Text Only"

Remove-PrinterPort -Name "file:" -EA 0

Mitch Tulloch is a nine-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information see

Ed Wilson is the bestselling author of eight books about Windows Scripting, including Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step, and Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps. He writes a daily blog about Windows PowerShell call Hey, Scripting Guy! that is hosted on the Microsoft TechNet Script Center; for more PowerTips check out the Hey, Scripting Guy! blog.


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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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