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Solving Error 0x00000709: “Can’t Set Default Printer” Problem

Solution I. Type “regedit” followed by the enter key in the “search program and files” text box in the pop up menu that appears after clicking the Windows “start button” in the lower left hand corner of the Windows desktop screen.

II. Next, click “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” in the left hand pane of the Windows registry editor.

III. Then click “Software” followed by “Microsoft” and next “Windows NT”.

IV. While under the “Windows NT” entry, click “CurrentVersion” and then “Windows”.

V. Now, one of the entries you should see in the right hand pane is “Device”. If the value for “Device” as noted under the “Data” area is anything other than the printer you are using, then highlight “Device” in the right hand pane with the mouse and press the delete key to remove it.

VI. Restart the computer so it starts with the altered Windows system registry.

After the Windows desktop appears again, you should be able to go into the “Printers” area and designate your printer as the default without receiving the "operation could not be completed error (0x00000709)” message.

Had to change permissions to FULL access before I could delete the "Device" key.

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Article ID: 54
Category: Knowledgebase
Date added: 2014-02-10 16:49:42
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