How to Delete a USB Virtual Printer Port

By Spanner Spencer

A USB virtual printer port can be deactivated, instead of deleted, if you intend to use it again.
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Some computer equipment and peripherals in your office may require a communications port in order to send data to and from your computer. To facilitate this, the peripheral -- such as a printer -- may install a USB virtual COM port on your computer, allowing it to connect via a USB cable. Most computer peripherals are moving away from proprietary connections -- such as parallel ports on a printer -- and using the standardized USB connection instead. If you remove or stop using the printer, you can manually delete the virtual printer port from your computer's Control Panel.

Click Start and then right-click the "Computer" button.

Select "Properties" from the context menu.

Click "Device Manager" from the Control Panel Home section.

Click the "Ports (COM & LPT)" menu in the Device Manager window to reveal a list of USB ports currently being used by your computer.

Right-click the USB virtual printer port you want to remove and select "Uninstall" from the context menu. The port and printer are removed from your computer.


It is recommended to restart your computer after adding or removing hardware options such as a USB virtual COM port.