There are many printer problems a windows user can experience from time to time, sometimes the printer becomes offline and some faces the common printer driver issues. If you happen to have multiple printers installed in your system and you switch your default printing device from printer to printer, you might suddenly get an error wherein you cannot set a default printer anymore or specifically, you will stumble upon Error 0×00000709.

Operation could not be completed (error 0×00000709) Double check the printer name and make sure that the printer is connected to the network.

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Unable to set default printer is a vexing error, it compromises your printing tasks whenever the system prompts you to have your printing device to be set as default before you can proceed to print.  This error is related to the printer you have set as default before and there are several methods on fixing this problem. Most of the time, the system's troubleshooting feature cannot mend this error automatically, and updating the printer's driver software does not usually come in handy. Of all the known fixing procedures on this specific error, editing the Windows Registry is the most effective way.

Printer names that was recorded on the registry are priority on the system which sometime cannot be changed automatically if you're trying to set a new default printer. Therefore, you have to manually modify the registry data. Note that the registry section is very sensitive,  serious  problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly, hence, it is imperative to follow the following steps on this tutorial carefully.

Important Tip: Back up your registry before you make some changes on it so you can restore the registry if an issue occurs. Follow this link to learn how to back up and restore the registry in Windows.

Now, here's how to troubleshoot Error 0×00000709:
  1. Press Windows Key + R combination keys to launch the Run utility, then type regedit and hit Enter. Click Yes on the UAC or User Account Control Prompt.

  2. On Registry Editor, navigate to the following location:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

  3. On the left column, right click on the WINDOWS folder, click Permissions... set the specific Group or User names you want to give authority to modify the registry. On this case, you can select your own username or simply choose everyone. Tick to check the Full Control & Read settings under the permission's Allow, click Apply then Ok.

  4. Now, on the the right column, double-click on Device String and edit the Value Data according to the exact Printer Name you want to set as default (e.g. EPSON L6160 Series,winspool,Ne03:). Hit OK to save. You may have a different "Ne" Number before the printer name, just leave it as is. 

Once done, restart your PC to take full effect.

Tip: For Windows 10 users, you can turn off the Let Windows Manage my Default Printer Option under Settings > Devices > Printers and Scanners. This setting reportedly fixes the problem and helps you avoid the Error 0×00000709 in the future.

This tutorial was originally Posted at by the same author.


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