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HP Deskjet 1220c and HP Deskjet 1180c Series Printer - Uninstaller Failed to Initialize Error Appears When Installing the Printer Driver

Issue:
When attempting to install the HP Deskjet 1220C or HP Deskjet 1180C series printer, the following error appears:
Uninstaller failed to initialize. You may not be able to uninstall this product.
Nothing appears to happen after running the uninstaller. All attempts to reinstall the printer driver produce the same error.
Solution
The printer driver must be removed from the system manually. After all the files and registry entries for the printer have been removed, the printer driver and uninstaller should install without errors. After a successful installation, run the uninstaller to ensure all previous installation attempts are completely removed from the system. Then, reinstall the driver. The following steps may be used to manually uninstall the printer driver.
 note:
System administrator privileges are required to manually uninstall the printer in Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000.
Removing the program group
The following steps may be used to delete the HP Deskjet 1220C or HP Deskjet 1180C Printer program group.
Windows 95, 98, and Me
  1. Restart Windows.
  2. Right-click Start, click Open, and double-click Programs.
  3. Right-click the HP Deskjet 1220C Printer or HP Deskjet 1180C icon and click Delete.
  4. Click Yes to confirm sending the icon to the Recycle Bin.
  5. Close all the open windows.
Windows 2000, NT 4.0, and XP
  1. Right-click Start, click Open All Users, and double-click Programs.
  2. Right-click the HP Deskjet 1220C Printer or HP Deskjet 1180C and click Delete.
  3. Click Yes to confirm sending the icon to the Recycle Bin.
  4. Close all the open windows.
Removing the Toolbox icon from the Desktop
  1. Right-click the HP Deskjet 1220C Toolbox or HP Deskjet 1180C Toolbox icon located on the Windows Desktop and click Delete.
  2. Click Yes to confirm sending the icon to the Recycle Bin.
Removing the printer from the Printers window
The following steps may be used to remove all the HP Deskjet 1220C and 1180 C Printer icons from the "Printers" window.
  1. Click Start, then click Settings, and then click Printers.
  2. Right-click the HP Deskjet 1220C Printer or HP Deskjet 1180C Printer icon and click Delete.
  3. When asked to confirm the deletion, click Yes.
  4. When prompted to delete the printer files, click Yes.
     note:
    The prompt to delete the printer files will not appear until the last occurrence of the HP Deskjet 1220C or HP Deskjet 1180C printer is removed from the "Printer" windows. If there are multiple entries for the HP Deskjet 1220C or HP Deskjet 1180C Printer, repeat Steps 2 and 3 until all the HP Deskjet 1220C and HP Deskjet 1180C printer entries have been deleted.
  5. If warned that the default printer has been deleted, click OK.
  6. Close the Printers window.
Removing the files used by the printer
The following steps may be used to remove the files used by the HP Deskjet 1220C or HP Deskjet 1180C series printer.
  1. For Windows 2000 and NT 4.0 and XP, click Start, and then click Run. Type NET STOP SPOOLER and click OK.
     warning:
    Shutting down the print spooler will abort all spooled print jobs for all the printers controlled by the system.
  2. For Windows 95,98, Me and NT, click Start, then click Find, and then click Files or Folders. For Windows 2000 and XP, click Start, then click Search, and then click For Files or Folders.
  3. In the "Named" box, type HPW8* and click Find Now.
  4. When the search results appear at the bottom of the window, click Edit and then click Select All.
  5. Click File and then click Delete. When asked to confirm the deletion, click Yes.
  6. Click Yes to All to delete all of the printer driver program files. Close the Find window.
  7. For Windows 2000 and NT 4.0 and XP, click Start, then click Run. Type NET START SPOOLER and click OK.
Removing the printer from the registry
The following steps may be used to remove the registry entries for the HP Deskjet 1220C or HP Deskjet 1180C series printer.
 warning:
Extreme caution should be used when deleting entries from the Windows registry. Once a registry entry is deleted there may be no way to restore it. Deleting the wrong registry entry may prevent some applications, including Microsoft(R) Windows, from working properly. Create a backup copy of the registry files and be sure to have a system startup disk available. Before deleting an entry from the registry, ensure that the entry relates specifically to the HP Deskjet 1220C or HP Deskjet 1180C series printer.
  1. Click Start, then click Run.
  2. In the "Open" box, type REGEDIT and click OK.
  3. In the Registry Editor, click Edit and then click Find.
  4. In the "Find What" box, type 1220C or 1180C and click Find Next.
  5. When an entry is found, ensure it relates to the HP Deskjet 1220C or HP Deskjet 1180C printer. If so, press DELETE on the keyboard and then click Yes to confirm the deletion. To continue searching for additional entries, press the F3 key.
     note:
    Other applications may have registry entries that contain the value 1220C or 1180C. Before deleting the entry, make sure it references the printer. If unsure whether a registry entry is for the HP Deskjet 1220C or HP Deskjet 1180C printer, do not delete the entry.
  6. Continue searching until a message indicates that the search of the registry is complete, then click OK.
  7. Repeat Steps 3 through 6 and search for HPW8 instead of 1220C.
  8. Repeat Steps 3 through 6 and search for 82692260-e189-11d2-818a-080009a9c35c.
     note:
    82692260-e189-11d2-818a-080009a9c35c is the Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) for the product. To reduce the time required to search the registry, search for the first few characters in the GUID (for example, 82692260-e189). However, make sure any entries that are found completely match the full GUID before deleting it.
  9. Repeat Steps 3 through 6 and search for VID_03F0&PID_0212.
     note:
    If the printer has never been connected to the computer through a USB port, Step 9 may be skipped. Plug and Play and the Universal Serial Bus (USB) drivers use the VID (Vendor ID) and PID (Product ID) along with the products serial number, to uniquely identify which device is connected through the USB port.
  10. Exit the Registry Editor. Click Registry and then click Exit.

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