After I reimaged an SSD, I have about 15 icons of the same printer. How do I get rid of them?

I cloned multiple SSD's from a master. Now all the clones have about 15 icons of the same printer. Once I removed them, they reapper. The network printer is not even operating on the same network. OS on the SSD is W10
Xerox Phaser 7500DN PS

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Posted by: gargoylemike 2 years ago
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From easiest to hardest, I would begin by stopping the PrintSpooler service and change the startup type to Manual or Disabled then deletethe printers. Restart the computer, then restart the service and see if theprinters return. If they return, redo the previous, but do not restart theservice. Open Print Management from Control Panel>Administrative Tools andtry to remove all drivers. Restart computer and restart the service.

The next two are extreme and should only be tried if youknow how to back up the registry and are comfortable running CMD shell commands.

Both of these are done after verifying the Print Spooler isoff and the printers are deleted from Devices and Printers. Backup the registrythen search for all instances of the printer name and delete all entries. Ifthat does not work from an admin command line, run DEL /S /Q *.* in the C:\Windows\System32\spool\printersdirectory and from C:\Windows\System32\spool\drivers run

RD /S /Q IA64


RD /S /Q w32x86

RD /S /Q x64

If the printers still reappear, you might need to call sometype of exorcist.

Hope this helps.

  • Thanks a lot. I did a similar function of what you did and needles to say that those printer icons came back after a reboot.
    Anyhow, I figured out that since it was a network printer, I went into regedit and starting from HKEY_Local_Machine, Software, Microsoft, Windows NT, Print, Printers, Providers, Client Side Rendering Provider, Servers, xxx"Print Server name". Deleted the "printer server xxx".
    Went into Manage PC, Device Manager, right click print queues and remove each printer icon. Then reboot and was only left with one printer icon. WHHHHHHEWWWW!!~!!! - frkndave 2 years ago
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