I had a similar issue with my Windows Vista Home Premium running on an new
Acer Aspire M1100 (Duo Core Processor BE-2350 2.10 GHz). Under the
Administrator account I installed and tested supporting software for my HP
Photosmart C6280 All-in-One (Vista Compatible) printer without any problem.
However, when logging on with any other user account (even with administrator
privledges) the Abobe Reader software (versions 8 and/or 9) complained there
was no default printer to be found and I needed to install a printer. When I
checked under printers I discovered that the printer device wa there but it
wasn't tagged as the default printer. That's when I found that I could not
change/set the printer as default. After reading the earlier postings, here
is the "fix" which enabled me to set the printer as default in a normal
Using "regedit" ...
(1) Logged on under the Owner-Primary Administrator user account and noted:
Value Name (string): HP Photosmart C6200 series
Value Data: winspool,Ne01:
Value Name (string): Microsoft XPS Document Writer
Value Data: winspool,Ne00:
(2) Logged on under Non-Owner-Additional user account (with admin privledges
granted) and noted:
(2a) Could not change/set the HP printer as default.
(2b) Under ...
The two entries; Value Name (string) and Value Data, identified by
(1) above did not exist.
(3) Continuing as Non-Owner-Additional user:
(3a) added the two entries in (1) above under
(3b) Tested and was able to change/set the HP printer as default.
(3c) Tested and was able to print Word documents mormally and
was able to print PDF documents with Adobe Reader.
Hope this helps. Best of luck!
--- Gary Cates ---
> I cannot set the default printer in Vista Business with SP1. I am connected
> to a domain trying to set a network printer hosted from a server as the
> default printer. I have seen a dozen or more questions similiar to this in
> this group as well as on other forums and found no answer. I see a MS-MVP
> come on and tell people to remove local printers such as the XPS and adobe
> printers. This is a ridiculous solution. Sure it may allow you to connect
> to a network printer but you have removed printers that you are going to need
> to use again. Unacceptable. Where is the help?
> So far the only other solution that does not include deleting all the local
> printers off of the machine is to make sure you have write permissions to the
> default printer registry key. I have checked this and I do have write
> permissions(Full Control). SO WHAT NEXT??
> IS MICROSOFT EVER GOING TO COME OUT WITH ANOTHER FIX FOR THIS? BECAUSE IT IS
> OBVIOUS ALL THE ONES THEY HAVE SUGGESTED SO FAR DO NOT WORK OR ARE COMPLETELY
> I have posted this question once before and had no response so I am curious
> to see if anyone tries this go around.
> ANY HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.
> Thank You