Unable to set DEFAULT PRINTER? - Let's troubleshoot

Unable to Set Default Printer pop-up error window:




This error is related to the old printer you have set as default before. Printers name that was recorded in your registry are priority on the system which you cannot modify if you're trying to set a new default printer. So you have to manually modify the registry. Note that the registry section is very sensitive,  serious  problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly.  Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully.  For insurance included, move down the registry before you alter it. And that point, you can restore the registry if an issue happens. For Additional data about how to go down and restore the registry, click the accompanying article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to back up and restore the registry in Windows: (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/)

Now, here's how to troubleshoot:

1. Click the Start button and type "regedit", then right click and "run as administrator"



2. Now go to this location:

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



3. Located in the right column, you can change the device key v alue data to your printer name. Right click on the Device key then modify the data value (e.g. "HP Laserjet P1006,winspool,Ne03:")





Note: You MIGHT encounter this "Error Editing Value" which you are unable to modify the data,



All you have to do is to set "permissions" to the key, and this is how its done:

Right Click on the "Windows" key and choose "Permissions", check "Allow" -> Apply, then OK.




313 comments:

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    1. I am amazed and very thankful for your instructions in dealing with my problem in setting my default printer which had been my problem for so long now. It really worked. My problem was solved. Awesome.... Once again thank you.

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    2. Thanks it works perfectly��

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  2. Thank you very much.
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  3. Thank You Very Much for the detailed information........

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  4. Thank You Very Much

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  6. At last my search for the solution to this problem has ended here with exact solution. Thank you soooo much...

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  7. What to do if you received error message "Cannot edit device: Error writing the value's new content"

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    1. the answer is already provided, please read the whole article.

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  8. Thanks a lot you are a lifesaver !!!

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  9. After change the registry permission, I still cannot modify the device name. Please help.

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  10. Thanks ... got the required result

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  11. great tips .. thanks :)

    however, I have a question regarding the number 3

    3. Located in the right column, you can change the device key v alue data to your printer name. Right click on the Device key then modify the data value (e.g. "HP Laserjet P1006,winspool,Ne03:")

    Did we change the printer name only ? and what about the "Ne03:", what is that mean ?

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    1. Yes, we are only changing the printer name we wish to be the default printer, this "Ne03:" is the Ne-port numbering which is commonly used for creating macro functions. This is automatically configured upon installing the printer on the local port like "USB001" etc. There's no need to change the "Ne" value, we leave this as is as we change the printer name.

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    2. when happens when you erase everything and forget what the "Ne" part is?

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  12. hello, i have followed your article but i still get the same error result that i cannot edit the values even after checking "allow" in permissions. Please help

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  13. Thank you so much! It really works!

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  14. very helpful! my printer works on all applications now! :) thank you heaps!

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  15. thank you very much this was very helpful.. you are quite an admin for windows!!

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  16. wow this really worked! The world needs more people like you. Thank you for sharing

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  17. Hallo i am facing same prob in win8

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  18. tnx u so much,..it works..God Bless..

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  19. It worked exactly. Awesome! Thanks..

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  22. hi freind this is very informative have u posted on the subject HP laserjet 1020 which i have successfully set as defualt printer

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  23. Hi. It works. Thanks for the support

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  24. Thank you so much. The printer was very close to being thrown out the window. This worked perfectly

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  25. THANK YOU VERY MUCH MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND YOUR KIND SOUL

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  26. Thank you very much, it worked!!

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  27. I wonder if you can post the steps to do this in windows 8.1 because the keys have different name and in my particular case didn't show any printer device at all..

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  28. Thank you very much, it worked...

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  29. This problem was driving me crazy. Thanks so much for the assist.

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  30. Thanks a lot, my problem is solved

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  31. thanks a million to you,
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  32. it ally worked...thank u...nice post...

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  33. it wont work again the same error is shown

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    2. It requires the same commas and colons as shown in the example (e.g. "HP Laserjet P1006,winspool,Ne03:") just make sure the you enter the correct and complete printer name.

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    4. Instead of putting "HP Laserjet Pro 400,winspool,M401dne:" try to put "HP Laserjet Pro 400 M401dne, winspool,ne03:", in windows, "ne" numbering is automatically generated when you set a default printer (ne01, ne02, ne03, ne04,.. etc.), it is commonly used in excel macros for printing, no need to modify that characters.

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  36. i had a same issue. went thru the article, did whatever i was supposed to, but i still get the same error message. value has been created and even the key renamed. what can b the issue? i guess there might b an issue with the right printer name. it is HP Deskjet 1515 but my machine reads it as HP Deskjet 1510 Series. In this case what should be the actual name to be put in the key?
    regds, sanjeev

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    1. it finally worked thanks
      but for benefit of some - u might have to log in again to let the changes take effect. that is the way it worked for me
      thanks again

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  37. I had the same error. I cannot try this solutions until I got home 2 days from work but I badly want to try it. And I badly need to make this new printer I brought to work with a windows 8 PC. So can I asked, if it will required a LAN/WLAN connection? Cause I don't have any internet connection at home. Please help, and thanks in advance.

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  46. thank you thank you very much ive been searching for this kind of post finally i will not have trouble in printing in excel now i dont need to copy it to ms word

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  48. excuse me for a sec but would this solution work on networked printers?

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  49. Thank you so much!!! You are perfect in giving instructions and in just a second my printer worked well.

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  50. administrator throw excel file printing , user throw word file only printing , excel file print print preview not available showing.


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  66. THANKS YOUR SUGGESTION REALLY HELPED (set as my default printer0 BUT STILL I Face problem in ms excel,its does not show the name of printer at all. kindly help

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    1. I have the same problem too.

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  67. Thanks for Kind Help. May God Bless you (*_*)

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  72. it couldn't work for me. the last option where i should select windows for permission might be the problem. i don't have the option to choose windows. i instead selected windows update but the problem persists

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  74. After many months of my attempt to fix it, finally!

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  77. Thanks a lot..solve my longtime prob...

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  78. I unable to see printer list in excel sheet only. Please help me..

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  81. CAN NOT CHANGE PERMISSION IT SHOWS ACCESS DENIED

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