Vista printer settings return to default each logon

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by egv7759, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. egv7759

    egv7759 Guest

    I have a perplexing problem. The scenario...

    Every morning one particular Vista user (out of approximately 75) has to
    reset her default printer. Once reset she is fine for the day. She will
    log off and leave for the day. Later, she will connect to our network via
    VPN, use Remote Desktop to reach her office PC, and log in. She doesn't try
    to print since she's working remotely. The following morning (or next time
    in the office) she will log onto her desktop locally and the default printer
    will be reset to the first printer in the list.

    The environment...

    Vista SP1 on the desktop. Windows Server 2003 SP2 on the server side with
    all network printers LAN attached with a Windows Server 2003 file server as
    their print server. Group Policies are used, however no settings have been
    configured that have anything to do with printers. So far, this is the only
    user that has this problem. We have a number of other Vista users who do

    Any suggestions where to look?

    egv7759, Oct 31, 2008
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  2. egv7759

    tknogeek Guest

    I had the same problem: default printer resetting sporadically. After
    a bit of research, I found a post that accurately describes my problem
    and a workaround.

    I can reproduce the issue at will using remote desktop. The issue is
    the RD client is sharing its printers. That tells the Vista RD server
    to add new printers (and a new default). Once the RD client
    disconnects, one would expect the original default printer to be
    restored - but it is not!.

    The workaround is to disable the Printers option in the Local
    Resources tab of the RD connection window (before clicking Connect).

    I still think this is a defect that needs a permanent resolution.
    "Always put things back the way you found them."
    tknogeek, Dec 13, 2008
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