Deleted Printer keeps reappearing in Windows 10

If your deleted Printer keeps reappearing on your Windows system, especially whenever you’re trying to print something, you’re not alone. Several users have complained about the same issue. More often than not, when the printer keeps reappearing, is it has an unfinished printing job, which had been commanded by the system, but was never fully processed. In fact, if you click to check what is printing, you will see that there are documents that it is trying to print. This might be a reason you keep seeing the printer even after you’ve removed it.

Deleted Printer keeps reappearing & coming back

This problem is a very common one at a workplace, where multiple printers are being used, and different people work on individual printers. If your deleted Printer may keep reappearing & coming back in Windows 10/8/7 try these suggestions and see if they fix the problem for you.

1] The problem might be in the Print Server Properties

Deleted Printer Keeps Reappearing In Windows 10

  1. Possibly, the issue might be with the Print Server properties. However, it could be rectified.
  2. Select Win + S’ and then go to Printers.
  3. From the menu, select Devices and Printers.
  4. Choose any printer by clicking on it once and choose Print Server Properties.
  5. On it, find the Drivers tab, and choose the printer you want to delete from the system. Right-click and select Remove.
  6. Choose Apply and OK to save the changes you just made.

You then need to go to the Settings app and right click on System. Then choose Apps & features, find the printer driver and choose to remove it from the system.

2] Might be a problem with the Registry

Even after deleting the printer from Settings app and the Control Panel, the configuration of the registry does not change, and you need to edit it. Here’s what you need to do to configure the registry.

Select ‘Win + R’ on your keyboard and write regedit in Run, when it appears. This will open up the Registry Editor and then click OK.

In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key-


Deleted Printer Keeps Reappearing

Next, you need to expand the Printers key and find the printer you need to delete. Right click on it and click on Delete. Now, restart your PC, and then go to Devices and Printers again to see if the printer has been deleted.

3] Log out as every user

Office computers usually have multiple users, who might be logged in to the printer you want to delete at the same time. You need to log out of each account and delete the printer and the driver package.

4] Use a Deleter tool

The Kyocera Deleter tool, for instance, will remove the printer if you run it as administrator. This tool is available here. Create a system restore point first before using it.

5] Use Device Manager

Go to the Device Manager and go to  View and then choose Show hidden devices. Expand the Software devices group, where you will find all the printer devices. You can delete it from there.

6] Use Print Management

If you are using the Print Management app, this might be a good tool to delete the ghost printer without much hassle.

  1. Select Windows Key + S from your keyboard and then go to Print Management desktop app.
  2. Choose Custom Filters and then go to All Printers.
  3. This will help you to find the printer which you want to delete. Right click on it and then select Delete.

Hope something here helps you.

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Karan Khanna is a passionate Windows 10 user who loves troubleshooting Windows problems in specific and writing about Microsoft technologies in general.


  1. Ian Wall

    This is really weird. We have printers that were part of a Group Policy Preference Item (User Policy).

    The print server died whilst we were still in proof of concept (no backup) so we cleaned up AD and deleted the Group Policy.

    The Group Policy seems to have ‘tattooed’ the registry. I’ve created a User Policy that deletes all GPO Deployed Printers, but still doesn’t delete. Removed the machine from the domain, deleted them all and rebooted. They came back yet again!

    Any ideas appreciated. They don’t show up in the registry, or anywhere else, just in Devices and Printers.

  2. Ryan_Wall

    Hi there,

    I dont suppose you found a solution to your problem have you? I seem to have the same problem


  3. You really help me. Print management worked for me. Thank you.

  4. Geni

    Hey there,
    I’ve been banging my head against the wall for the past few days until I got a hint from a wiser co-worker ))
    I had to consolidate 4 print servers into a single one and some people went over no problem and some kept having a bunch of printers pop back in from the servers whose print roles have been gone. And I knew I worked them out of the system properly. I fine combed GPOs to see where the heck those printers are getting the assignment from and couldn’t find anything. I even redid all the printer GPOs just to make sure ( A mess like nothing else ). I still had printers from 3 different retired servers pop back on every time I tried to remove them locally.
    Then a wise soul told me to check under the local user and delete the printers popping up from there. I wasn’t the original user on the machine. And poof they are gone! Simple and nothing to do with GPOs … sigh… I feel pretty dumb… but I hope that helps.

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