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On Windows Vista, after right-clicking on a printer and choosing to delete it, the printer stays on 'Deleting - Offline'. Even after several restarts, the printer remains there.

Is there a way to definitely delete the printer?

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Read our FAQ next time please. – Chopper3 Jun 22 '11 at 14:25
Have you tried rebooting? (I'm being serious) – slhck Jun 22 '11 at 14:28
@Chopper3: Seeing as you can ask questions about 'Desktop PCs that you maintain in the workplace' on ServerFault (quote from the faq, which I did read), I thought it was an OK place to ask. Fair enough. – Peter Jun 22 '11 at 14:50
@slhck: yes, these printers have been in the list for months. As I mentioned in my question, I have rebooted (but I used the word 'restarts', sorry for the confusion). I've even tried deleting them several times. – Peter Jun 22 '11 at 14:51
@Peter Oh, I somehow must have missed that, my bad. But basically, these printers are not physically there anymore, right? – slhck Jun 22 '11 at 14:53
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Found the solution myself, by accident. Right-clicked on the printer, chose the option 'Cancel all documents', and the printer dissappeared.

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Cool, my problem is just same as yours and your hints solved my problem. About 7 printers disappeared. One of the printer still showing up. I opened Services.msc, stop the "Print Spooler" service, delete all documents at C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS. Restart "Print Spooler" service, then the last printer disappeared as well. – mjb Jul 23 '14 at 5:11

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