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Q: MULTIPLE INSTANCES OF A PRINTER

When I converted from Vista to 7 a HP5L printer attached to LPT1 showed up as attache to LPT3.  I have tried to do an add printer specifying LPT1 but it add an additional instance of the priter attached to LPT3.  Ona secon attempt to ad  the printer it again creates an instance connected  to  LPT3.

From Devices & Printers only the 3rd instance appears as  HP5L (Copy 2). I can delete the one labeled Copy2 but the other two do not show.  How can  I delete them and start  over. I know there ar still twom instance since adding an additional one always creates Copy 2 and if I run Belac Advisior it shown two instances of HP5L connected to LPT3.

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Launch printmanagement.msc  .  The Devices and Printers UI collapses all printers assigned the same port and driver into one "device"  Right click on the "device" and you will see the other copies, but just use printmanagement for printer management for local printers.
Formerly with Windows print team

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