How to Delete All HP Printer Files From My Computer

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Printers require a set of files installed on a computer in order to function. These files include a driver, which controls the printer, and often a software suite for monitoring ink levels and performing maintenance. If you're replacing your HP printer with a new model, you should first delete all the old printer files. This will prevent conflicts from arising once you install the new printer's software.

Uninstalling Software

  • Turn off the printer and disconnect the printer cable from your computer.

  • Open the "Start" menu and press "Control Panel."

  • Click either "Uninstall a Program" or "Programs and Features," depending on your current Control Panel view.

  • Scroll down the list and locate your printer software. The name varies by model, but will start with "HP."

  • Click on the printer software listing and press "Uninstall." Follow the on-screen prompt to complete the process.

  • Repeat with any additional HP listings if more exist, then close the window.

Removing Drivers

Deleting Leftover Files

  • Reboot your computer to allow the uninstall process to delete any in-use files.

  • Open the "Start" menu and click "Computer."

  • Open your hard drive, usually "C:," and open the "Program Files" folder.

  • Look for an "HP" folder. If one exists, click it and press "Delete" on the keyboard. Right-click on the Recycle Bin and click "Empty Recycle Bin" to erase the files. If no "HP" folder remains, the uninstaller already cleaned all the files itself.

  • Repeat the process in the "Program Files (x86)" folder if your computer has one.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always run the uninstaller before deleting files out of Program Files manually or errors will occur.

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