How to Remove the HP Printer Using Regedit

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Sometimes, when attempting to delete a printer, the message "Cannot delete network printer" appears. If this occurs, you will need to delete the printer through the Windows Registry Editor, known as regedit. However, editing the system registry is a technical process that, if done incorrectly, can result in serious system-wide failures. Thus, if you are an inexperienced user, consider hiring someone to remove your HP printer.

  • Click "Start," type "regedit" into the search field and press "Enter." The Registry Editor opens.

  • Click on the following registry key in the left pane of the Registry Editor. Once you click the registry key, a list of printers will appear underneath the registry key.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -- Printers -- Connections

  • Right-click the HP printer you want to remove and select "Delete."

  • Click on the following registry key in the left pane of the Registry Editor. Once you click the registry key, a list of folders will appear underneath the registry key.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -- SYSTEM -- CurrentControlSet -- Control -- Print -- Providers -- LanMan Print Services -- Servers -- Printers

  • Click the "Servers" folder and then click the print server folder that hosts the printer you want to delete. A list of printers will appear under the print server folder.

  • Right-click the HP printer you want to delete and select "Delete."

  • Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.

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