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(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986/EN-US/ )Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
When you delete a USB printer from the Printers folder in Windows, the printer may not be redetected when you restart the computer.
This issue can occur if there are entries in the registry that indicate the printer is still installed.
WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
To resolve this issue, use the Add/Remove Hardware tool to remove printers or use Registry Editor to delete the registry entries for the specific printer in the following registry key:
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.