Cannot set default printer

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by Guest, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    We currently have 32 bit print spoolers but are testing a XP 64bit
    machine(Dell 690), The workstation is on a AD network and I have Admin
    rights. I installed the 64bit print drivers for the printers, used a local
    IP port to setup the printers and set Share name. The printers work when
    printing test pages and from certain apps where a default printer is not
    required. I, using a network account having local admin rights, cannot set
    a default printer. I get the Add Printer Wizard, Cannot Set Default Printer
    error or if I right-mouse-click and try Set Default Printer it does nothing.
    The printer name is a simple example "printer1" (no spaces). Oddly, I can
    set the default printer from a local admin account, just not from a a network
    account. I have tried other user accounts, setting security on the printer
    to be "wide open", looking for a registry setting and looking through local
    Group Policies to no avail. Any help on where to look next would be
    Guest, Aug 21, 2007
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  2. That's usually a feature of the printer drivers themselves and some
    manufacturers insist that THEIR printer be default.

    What make and model printers are you using?
    Cari \(MS-MVP\), Aug 21, 2007
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  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Both are HP's. Color LaserJet 4700n and a Laserjet 5000n. Like I said,
    though, I can set a default with a local admin account just not a network
    account with local admin rights, so I wouldn't think it was driver related.
    Guest, Aug 21, 2007
  4. Create a printer that uses inbox drivers and see if you can set the default.
    It works for me with a domain users account that has admin rights to the
    local machine. I picked up the HP CLJ 4700 driver and that also works.
    This sounds almost like a registry permissions issue rather than an x64
    issue. .

    make sure the user has Full (or special) access to

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

    I was able to get the same behavior by removing my use account from this

    Alan Morris
    Windows Printing Team
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    Alan Morris [MSFT], Aug 21, 2007
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Excellent! That key was actually missing. I added it set permissions and it
    now works. Thanks!

    Guest, Aug 22, 2007
  6. That's just too strange that the key was not there. I'll just add this to
    the weird things in the wild that I have encountered through the years.

    Alan Morris
    Windows Printing Team
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    Alan Morris [MSFT], Aug 22, 2007
  7. Guest

    Guest Guest


    After much frustration and searching for a solution to this exact problem, I
    have come across this thread, which I think holds the solution.

    The problem is that I am an amateur and don't quite understand the solution
    you posted. If you could clarify exactly what needs to be done, I would be
    eternally grateful!

    Basically it's the same problem: I can't set a default printer on my network
    account (no green tick appears, nothing happens, not even an error), and can
    therefore only print from programs that require no default printer, which
    isn't many.


    Frustrated Amateur

    Guest, Oct 17, 2007
  8. Guest

    Guest Guest

    hi all,

    I'm using windows 2003 server, std edition SP1 and am having this issue.
    some users connect and get a default printer while others have none. I see
    the 1109 error in the error log. I added the users group to this registry key
    but it doest appear to have helped. Any other ideas?

    Guest, Oct 31, 2007
  9. Guest

    Kue2 Guest

    Go here:
    & Go Here: 1109 Exchange Server 2003

    These 2 sites might give you answers

    Kue2, Nov 1, 2007
  10. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi again,

    I was able to resolve this issue by copying the "default user" profile from
    another windows 2003 server, deleting those users profiles that could not
    print and then getting them to log back in (and thus re-creating their

    Hopefully thats some help to anyone else :)
    Guest, Nov 1, 2007
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