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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.


445 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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  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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  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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  17. Hallo i am facing same prob in win8

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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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  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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