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Windows 7: How do I get rid of multiple printer copies?

22 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
How do I get rid of multiple printer copies?

It's happened to me again and I cannot figure out how to get rid of them.

I have my default printer, an HP Laserjet 6P hooked up to a Sunix parallel port on my PC. I can print from this printer from any application just fine. The problem is that, over time, maintenance across printers has caused multiple copies of this 6P to appear in the printer drop down list - but not one of them shows up in Devices and Printers!

Case in point: I installed the SP1 upgrade with no real trouble. I did find, however, that I had to reinstall my Canon Pro9000 XPS driver. This was painless, but when I did it it automatically made itself the default printer. So in wanting to revert back to my 6P I... could not go to Devices and Printers because it doesn't show up there. I had to Install a New Printer, whereupon it found my 6P just fine and used the available driver. But now it's Copy 4! And it and none of the others show up in Devices and Printers.

How do I get this printer to show up in D&P (any of them!), and how do I wipe these "extra" copies from Win7?

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23 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I've searched but really can't find anything definitive on this (or at least how to solve it). Am I the only one with this problem?
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24 Nov 2011   #3

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit

usually you can just right click on the printer and choose "remove device". but you have to be able to see them at least.

does any of them show up in the print management under administrative tools?
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24 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

serpentracer, thank you! That did it. I deleted all my 6P listings under Administartive Tools and reinstalled the printer. It still doesn't show up in Devices and Printers , and this time when I installed it I didn't get the option to make it the Default printer . But it wound up becoming the default printer anyway . Weird.

Thank you!
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