Here’s a tip from my colleague Ed Wilson (the Microsoft Scripting Guy) about how to completely remove a printer via Windows PowerShell.
Question: You need to completely remove a printer via Windows PowerShell. This includes the Printer, the print driver and the print port. How can you do this?
Answer: Use the Remove-Printer, Remove-PrintDriver and the Remove-PrinterPort functions. This appears here:
Remove-Printer -Name “PrintToFile”
Remove-PrinterDriver -Name “Generic / Text Only”
Remove-PrinterPort -Name “file:” -EA 0
Mitch Tulloch is a nine-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. For more information see http://www.mtit.com.
Ed Wilson is the bestselling author of eight books about Windows Scripting, including Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step, and Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps. He writes a daily blog about Windows PowerShell call Hey, Scripting Guy! that is hosted on the Microsoft TechNet Script Center; for more PowerTips check out the Hey, Scripting Guy! blog.