Vista - default printer doesn't stay as default

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Printing / Faxing / Scanning' started by Freddie Kang, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. Freddie Kang

    Freddie Kang Guest

    I have set up several printers and have one network printer assigned as
    'default' printer. I have noticed that this 'default' status for this printer
    does not remain so after I shut down and reboot. It seems to default to the
    Fax printer. I then have to reset the chosen printer as 'default' in order to
    print. This happens not everytime I shut down - sometimes the default printer
    stays as default.

    Anyone have similar experiences? Solution to the problem?

    Best regards,
    S.F. Kang
    Freddie Kang, Sep 26, 2007
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  2. It will default to the first one it finds after logon, so in your case, I'm
    thinking the logon to the network is taking longer, therefore it finds the
    fax first.
    Cari \(MS-MVP\), Sep 26, 2007
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  3. Freddie Kang

    Freddie Kang Guest

    Thanks for your info. Yes, the fax is first in line amongst the printers. Is
    there a way I can make the default printer stay? Yes I do notice it doesn't
    happen everytime, so it might happen when my system takes longer to logon to
    the network. Can I rename the printer so it appears first on the list? Other
    solutions? Thanks. Much appreciate your info.

    Freddie Kang, Sep 27, 2007
  4. The only real solution would be to disable the fax printer which probably
    isn't much use if you occasionally need it.
    Cari \(MS-MVP\), Sep 27, 2007
  5. Freddie Kang

    Atrox Guest

    I am having this same problem. This was not an issue in Windows XP- when you
    selected a default printer it stayed the default printer. Did you ever find
    a solution to this problem in Windows Vista?
    Atrox, Nov 25, 2007
  6. Same problem here. It was defaulting to a fax printer, so I deleted that. Now
    it goes to Microsoft Docuemnt image writer. This is a very annoying problem
    that is new in Vista.
    Matthew Kitchin, Jan 15, 2008
  7. Freddie Kang

    LambChop Guest

    Do you have any issues printing to the printer that you want to be the
    default? Do you have outlook and if so can you print out of outlook to the
    printer that will not stay the default? Is the printer that will not stay
    the default a networked printer or a locally attached printer?

    My History with this issue (or what I beleive is the same issue you're
    I'm having an issue and it has to do with Office products and vista. Office
    products can't print to a networked printer. I've moved the que's to a 2008
    server and that fixed 99% of my issues but I still have one that can't ever
    print toe the 2008 que's.
    LambChop, Mar 12, 2008
  8. Freddie Kang

    Geekeezer Guest

    I am having the "Can't set a default printer problem" as well. It come
    into play with me, not on a network, but all the time. The major issue
    as I saw posted somewhere else here, is with programs like Adobe Reade
    (Acrobat) that only print to a default printer. In other words I can'
    print PDFs. That is a real PITA as I
    am a REALTOR and PDFs are my WORLD. I did see an answer by "Alan" tha
    mentioned some "HKEY-BLAH BLAH BLAH," But there was no info about wha
    to do with it. I am not a registry savvy guy. Its a new machine and th
    manufacturer was no help either! This has been going on for severa
    months. Should I just go buy an Apple
    Geekeezer, Apr 13, 2008
  9. Freddie Kang

    TexasTbird Guest

    I had this same problem and realized that it is caused when I RDP into
    my vista box. This is due to new RDP 6.1 client default behavior. You
    get RDP 6.1 with Vista SP1. A simple workaround is to uncheck the
    "Printers" box in the RDP client options under "RDP -> Options -> Local
    TexasTbird, Jul 11, 2008
  10. Freddie Kang

    brbgtgp Guest

    Changing a User's Default Printer in the Registry
    See Article ID: 156212

    HKCU \Software \Microsoft \Windows NT \CurrentVersion \Windows

    Device Reg_SZ Data (here you make the device changes.)

    Note: You will see the Devices folder under the CurrentVersion with the list
    of printer devices installed, their spooler and connection type.
    brbgtgp, Sep 8, 2008
  11. Freddie Kang

    brbgtgp Guest

    So I encountered same thing today, unable to print acrobat reader.

    There are a few things you should look for... This applies from win2K until
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft \Windows NT \Current Version \Windows

    If you do not have the Windows key, borrow from a friend.
    Right-click then Export the key...
    Go to original workstation then double-click on printer.reg this will apply
    the tree into the hive.

    or Copy below into a notepad.exe and rename printer.reg
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows]
    "Programs"="com exe bat pif cmd"
    "device"="Any printer name1,winspool,Ne01:"

    OK. So let's move on to changing values. Let's look into Devices or
    Verify your device listed.

    Any printer name4 REG_SZ winspool, Ne03;
    Any printer name3 REG_SZ winspool, Ne02;
    Any printer name2 REG_SZ winspool, Ne01;
    Any printer name1 REG_SZ winspool, Ne00;

    In the windows key, right-click "device" then modify...
    in Value data field, enter below
    Any printer name1,winspool,Ne01:

    Where it says "any printer name1" look into your system devices and pick one
    that applies to you. (please do not stick your head inside the computer.)

    ALT+F4 to close
    brbgtgp, Jan 21, 2009
  12. Freddie Kang

    Fred Hof Guest


    I had a similar problem with 3 client machines. Long story short: it was a
    corrupt NTuser.DAT file which we renamed .old and replaced with the
    ntuser.dat file from the default user folder. This was a pain in that the
    profile had to be setup from scratch again but at least default remains
    default at the end of the day. Anyway, this was my experience after working
    the issue w/ MS support for 10+ hours. If anyone has found a better fix I'd
    be much obliged.
    Fred Hof, Nov 6, 2009
  13. Freddie Kang

    altertek Guest

    Sometimes when you install a network printer it will not register a I
    port in the server config on your machine. What you will have to do i
    go to the printer setup page and anywhere on the screen right click an
    select server properties. Then go to ports and select add new port, mak
    sure you select add an IP port and then type in the IP address of th
    printers location. After the setup of the port you should be able t
    change the selected printer to default and it will not change. This i
    for network printers only
    altertek, Apr 15, 2010
  14. My network printer has an IP Port yet the default printer still changes from
    this printer to the fax on re-boot. Deleting the fax printer causes the
    default to change to Microsoft Document imaging. Is anyone aware of another
    work around or solution?
    William McFarland, Apr 18, 2010
  15. Wa a solution for this problem every posted?
    William McFarland, Apr 18, 2010
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