> Changing a User's Default Printer in the Registry
> See Article ID: 156212
> HKCU \Software \Microsoft \Windows NT \CurrentVersion \Windows
> Device Reg_SZ Data (here you make the device changes.)
> Note: You will see the Devices folder under the CurrentVersion with the list
> of printer devices installed, their spooler and connection type.
> "Geekeezer" wrote:
> > I am having the "Can't set a default printer problem" as well. It comes
> > into play with me, not on a network, but all the time. The major issue,
> > as I saw posted somewhere else here, is with programs like Adobe Reader
> > (Acrobat) that only print to a default printer. In other words I can't
> > print PDFs. That is a real PITA as I
> > am a REALTOR and PDFs are my WORLD. I did see an answer by "Alan" that
> > mentioned some "HKEY-BLAH BLAH BLAH," But there was no info about what
> > to do with it. I am not a registry savvy guy. Its a new machine and the
> > manufacturer was no help either! This has been going on for several
> > months. Should I just go buy an Apple?
> > --
> > Geekeezer
So I encountered same thing today, unable to print acrobat reader.
There are a few things you should look for... This applies from win2K until
HKCU\Software\Microsoft \Windows NT \Current Version \Windows
If you do not have the Windows key, borrow from a friend.
Right-click then Export the key...
Go to original workstation then double-click on printer.reg this will apply
the tree into the hive.
or Copy below into a notepad.exe and rename printer.reg
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
"Programs"="com exe bat pif cmd"
"device"="Any printer name1,winspool,Ne01:"
OK. So let's move on to changing values. Let's look into Devices or
Verify your device listed.
Any printer name4 REG_SZ winspool, Ne03;
Any printer name3 REG_SZ winspool, Ne02;
Any printer name2 REG_SZ winspool, Ne01;
Any printer name1 REG_SZ winspool, Ne00;
In the windows key, right-click "device" then modify...
in Value data field, enter below
Any printer name1,winspool,Ne01:
Where it says "any printer name1" look into your system devices and pick one
that applies to you. (please do not stick your head inside the computer.)
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