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FIX: The specified printer driver is currently in use

When you’re trying to delete a printer driver you get the following error: ‘Failed to remove driver ‘driver name’. The specified printer driver is currently in use.’

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You’re getting this error because your Print Spooler service is using the driver.

Follow the next steps to resolve this issue. Some of the screenshots will be in dutch, but it’s the same steps.

1. go to start and type in printmanagement.msc:

The specified printer driver is currently in use

2. Choose the printer driver you like to delete, but do not click ‘delete’ yet. Go to step 3.

The specified printer driver is currently in use

3. go to start and search for ‘services’:

The specified printer driver is currently in use
The specified printer driver is currently in use

4. Search for the Print Spooler.

The specified printer driver is currently in use
The specified printer driver is currently in use

5. Oké now we’ve got this open don’t restart the print spooler yet. As soon as you restart the print spooler the driver will disappear, but it will come back with a refresh(f5).  Be quick with deleting the driver otherwise the Print Spooler will be restarted and using the driver again.

If this didn’t work. I might found another solution that works for you on technet:

Hi Miya, thank you for reply. Unfortunately your suggestion didn’t help 🙁
But I found my own workaround that looked like this:

1. First we removed printer in “Devices and Printers”
2. Then we stopped print spooler
3. In registry we opened HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows x64\Print Processors\
4. We renamed all Print Processors that were listed. Like Winprint to Winprint.old, Hpcpp107 to Hpcpp107.old, and so on …
5. We started print spooler
6. Removed driver pack in Print Management MMC
7. Reopened registry location HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows x64\Print Processors\
8. Renamed back all Print Processors back to Winprint.old to Winprint, Hpcpp107.old to Hpcpp107, and so on …
9. Restart print spooler
10. Installed new printer drivers
11. Tested printing

Maybe this procedure will also help someone else with similar problems 🙂

Regards,
Luka

 

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  1. Problem uninstalling print driver (Windows 10)
    Error: Fail to Remove Printer Driver in Use
    Windows 10
    This problem is an issue only when the regular method of re-installing a potentially corrupted printer driver fails to overwrite the corrupted drivers. The next step is to delete the printer and its driver(s). But…
    Problem:
    When trying to delete the printer and/or its driver you get the following error: “Failed to remove driver (driver name). The specified printer driver is currently in use.”
    Fix:
    How to delete printer driver:
    1. Open Print Management (Run: Windows Key +R “printmanagement.msc”)
    2. In “View” tab” Select “Custom View” and tick “Console tree” and “Action pane”>” OK” (This Custom View is not mandatory)
    3. Within “All Drivers,” navigate to your printer driver (the one to be deleted): (Print Management > Custom Filters > All Drivers)
    4. Right click your printer (in “Driver Name” column) – [Alternatively, in “Actions” column select your printer and select “More Actions”]
    5. From the “Driver Isolation” drop-down menu, select “Isolated.”
    6. Within “All Printers,” navigate to your printer (the one to be deleted): (Print Management > Custom Filters > All Printers)
    7. Right click your printer (in “Printer Name” column) – [Alternatively, in “Actions” column select your printer and select “More Actions”]
    8. Select “Properties” (or “Manage Sharing”)
    9. In “Sharing” tab, de-select “Share this printer.” Select “Apply” (Then patiently wait for it to “apply”)
    10. In “Advanced” tab, select “Print directly to the printer.” Select “Apply.” (Then patiently wait for it to “apply”) [This disables spooling (for this printer), so you can leave the “Print spooler” (“Spooler” in Task Manager) service still running].
    11. Within “All Printers” right click your printer and perform “Delete.”
    12. Within “All Drivers,” right click your printer and perform “Delete.”

    If still not fixed, also try this: In “Properties” > “Security” tab, allow “Manage this printer”

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