Universal Printing Maintenance

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Over time, it is possible that drivers need to be recreated for maintenance or cleanup of redirected printers which have become obsolete.

This article outlines the necessary steps to cleanup and remove drivers from old redirected printers.


A driver is created automatically when a printer gets redirected to the RDS server. The default naming convention of redirected printers is: %PRINTERNAME% for %USERNAME%.

To delete old drivers, follow these steps:

Windows Server 2003:

  1. Start > Printers and Faxes.
  2. Right-click (not on a printer, just the blank white space in the window background) > Server Properties.
  3. Switch to the Drivers tab.
  4. Remove all Parallels printers (apart from the main Parallels Universal Printer).

Windows Server 2008 R2+:

  1. Access Printers and Devices on your Server.
  2. Click on an available printer > Print Server Properties.
  3. Switch to the Drivers tab.

    or from an elevated Command Prompt prompt type:

    printui /t2 /s
  4. Remove all Parallels printers (except for the main Parallels Universal Printer) such that there is only 2X Universal Printer left:

If the printer is not being used by a logged on user, it can be removed immediately. The driver will be recreated automatically when the user attempts to log back in.

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