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I'm trying to delete some network printer connections from a Windows Server 2003 (SP2) machine because the printer shares no longer exist. Windows shows the printers' status as "Printer not found on server, unable to connect"; this is expected; the printers are now on a different server. Only one machine ever connected to the printer shares; it no longer needs to and I'd like to clean it up.

However, when I try to delete the connections, I get an error message:

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Remove Printer
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Printer connection cannot be removed. Operation could not be completed.
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OK   
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The "solutions" I've found online seem to be more voodoo than anything (and they still don't work!). Does anybody know how I can delete these long-gone printers?

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A couple of years ago I had the same problem and the only thing that worked properly was to locate the relevant registry entries and manually remove them, followed by a reboot.

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I've also had to do this and it worked, don't forget your registry backup ;) –  ITGuy24 Oct 26 '09 at 14:12
    
Yuck. I was hoping not to muck with the registry. Do you have a pointer to the relevant keys? –  Jeff Hardy Oct 27 '09 at 20:26
    
As I said, it was a couple of years ago. Just do a search for the printer name and you should find all the entries. –  John Gardeniers Oct 27 '09 at 20:29

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