How do i remove XP printer drivers

February 2, 2007 at 18:34:49
Specs: Vista Home Premium, 1.86 ghz/1.98 mb
I upgraded my XP Home Media Center to Vista Home Premium and lost scanning capability from my Brother Printer/scanner. According to Brother, I have to uninstall the old XP printer drivers and install the new ones for Vista which they have available online. i ran their new uninstall tool, rebooted and tried to run the new drivers but the old XP drivers are still there and i cant install the new Vista drivers. Vista wont let me uninstall the old XP drivers because the Uninstall utility doesnt recognize Vista!! Brother said to re-install XP, remove the old drivers and then re-install Vista and THEN re-install the new printer drivers for Vista! Anyone have any idea how i can uninstall the old XP drivers through Vista so i dont have to go through this ridiculous process?? thanks.

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February 3, 2007 at 08:46:16
Just a guess here:

Back up all critical data.

Unplug the printer from the computer - go to the printer settings and remove the printer icon - check the Device Manager and remove any printer devices. - In Windows Explorer, remove the printer folder - see if you can install a registry editor such as RegCleaner to name one of many. In RegCleaners default view you will see a list of programs installed to the registry, check and remove your printer references. Then run the cleaner to remove all old entries. Being an 'upgrade' from XP to Vista, there will be many. When you reinstall the printer, don't plug the printer into the computer until prompted to do so by the Vista driver install software.

Try installing the registry cleaner before doing anything. I don't know if you'll find one compatable with Vista.

All that being said; this is one of the many reasons why a 'clean' install is a better option than upgrading.


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February 3, 2007 at 11:00:24
I agree with the last statement above. You will never achieve the true Vista experience.


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February 3, 2007 at 19:52:56
well i definintely agree doing a clean install than upgrading. i'm paying for being lazy when i was installing :(

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