Quick Thoughts

Cannot Delete Printers in Windows 7, 8, & 8.1

If you get “permission denied” trying to delete printers, delete everything relevant in all of these places (leaving the folders of course):


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Devices


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\PushedPrinterConnectionStore\*

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Print\Connections


Restart the spooler.

Refresh the Devices and Printers window, and you may be done, the involved printers will probably vanish. If they don’t they will be delete-able at this point. If there are multiple user profiles on the PC, you will have to delete them in the other profiles. On some machines, some of the folders won’t exist, and this is perfectly fine.