How do I uninstall my scanner in Windows?

Uninstalling a scanner in Windows is a relatively straightforward process. There are two primary methods for uninstalling a scanner: manually through the Control Panel, or by using a dedicated uninstaller program. In either case, you should make sure to back up any important files related to the scanner before beginning the uninstallation process.

Manual Uninstallation

1. Open the “Control Panel” from the Start menu.

2. Select “Add or Remove Programs” or “Programs and Features,” depending on operating system.

3. Scroll through the list of programs until you find your scanner’s entry.

4. Select the entry and click on “Remove” or “Uninstall.”

5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the uninstallation.

Using an Uninstaller

1. Download and install a dedicated uninstaller program, such as Revo Uninstaller (see Resources).

2. Launch the uninstaller program.

3. Scan the system for installed programs and locate the scanner program.

4. Select the scanner entry and click “Uninstall.”

5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the removal.


1. After the uninstallation process is complete, the scanner drivers, software, and related files may still remain on the system.

2. Use the uninstaller program to scan for any leftover files related to the scanner.

3. Select the leftover files and click “Delete.”

4. Reboot the machine to flush out any remnants of the scanner software and drivers.

Tips & Warnings

• Make sure to properly turn off the scanner before uninstalling it.

• The exact steps for uninstalling a scanner may vary depending on the program’s location and the version of Windows in use.