How to Delete All HP Printer Files From My Computer

by Aaron Parson

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

Reopen the "Start" menu and click "Devices and Printers."

Click on the icon of your HP printer. If the printer doesn't appear, the software uninstall already removed the drivers and you can skip this process. This will vary by model.

Click "Remove Device" and press "Yes" to confirm.

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.

Tip

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

About the Author

Aaron Parson has been writing about electronics, software and games since 2006, contributing to several technology websites and working with NewsHour Productions. Parson holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.