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 http://www.mtit.com.

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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