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Problems Changing the Default Printer

If you have the following problems:

  • Applications report that there is no default printer;

  • Applications report that there are no printers installed;

  • When installing a printer the system prompts “Default printer cannot be set”;

  • When making a printer the default printer, nothing happens; or

This may be because to the Spooler service is not started, or is crashing due to a corrupt print job. See Cancelling Print Jobs Manually to clear and restart the Spooler.

It may also be caused by a missing registry key. See A user who is logged on to a Windows Server 2003-based Terminal Server cannot configure a printer as the default printer. This article is ostensibly about Terminal Services but the solution applies equally to all Windows systems.

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