How to Reinstall Microsoft Print to PDF in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to easily reinstall Microsoft Print to PDF printer in Windows 11 if it was mistakenly deleted.

Windows over the years included a virtual printer that allows users to print any page to a PDF compatible document. This is very useful for many with out physical printers. With this feature, you can grab any document and quickly save it as PDF format simply by printing to the PDF printer.

If you mistakenly delete the Microsoft Print to PDF printer, getting it back may not be as easy as going to the printer setting page and reinstalling it.

In earlier versions of Windows, users would go to the printer setting pane and reinstall it. I believe it’s not that simple in Windows 11.

For some new users, heading to the new Windows 11 System settings pane can be scary, however, we’re going to show you how to quickly reinstall the missing PDF printer without going to the main settings pane.

To get started reinstalling Microsoft Print to PDF printer in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to install Microsoft Print to PDF printer in Windows 11

As we mentioned above, simply re-adding the missing PDF printer from the printer settings pane might not work as expected. To reinstall the missing printer, you’ll have to run the commands below.

First, open the Command Prompt as administrator. To do that, click on Start then search for and open the “Command Prompt” app as administrator.

When the app opens, run the commands below to uninstall or disable the PDF printer feature. We’ll want run this command to simply fully disable the printer so that it can be reinstalled.

But first, stop the print spooler.

net stop spooler
dism /Online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:"Printing-PrintToPDFServices-Features" /NoRestart

After running the commands above, run the next command below to reinstall or enable Microsoft Print to PDF printer.

dism /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:"Printing-PrintToPDFServices-Features" /NoRestart
net start spooler

The command above will reinstall and enable the PDF printer. After enabling the printer, start the print spooler and this should get the printer back.

If it doesn’t work right away, restart your computer, then try again.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to reinstall Microsoft Print to PDF printer in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.