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Old 06-05-2008
Newcross IT
 

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Unable to set default printer in Vista Business
Hi,

We have domain user's who are un-able to set the default printer via the
print manager, it is not even possible to find the usual printers option in
the start menu or by using the start search box, this is however avalible to
the same user logging onto an XP machine.

If I log into the same machine as an administrator I have access to printers
& am able to set the default printer, I have also tried using the security
tab under printer properties to give full access to printer & document
management to the everyone user & have even tried adding the user from our
domain & giving them full access.

Still they cannot manage printers or even find the printers option.

Any ideas?


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Old 06-17-2008
Aero
 

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RE: Unable to set default printer in Vista Business
Hi,

Try this workaround:

The default printer is set on a per user basis and so is part of the
HKEY_USERS hive. To view the default printer for the currently logged on user
view the

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\Device

value. It is of the format "\\LN014\LN.S651.CSP001.HPLJ5,winspool,Ne01:",
where the first part is the actual printer share, then the spooler and
finally the connection, e.g. network or parallel port.

It worked for us.
Regards,

"Newcross IT" wrote:

> Hi,
>
> We have domain user's who are un-able to set the default printer via the
> print manager, it is not even possible to find the usual printers option in
> the start menu or by using the start search box, this is however avalible to
> the same user logging onto an XP machine.
>
> If I log into the same machine as an administrator I have access to printers
> & am able to set the default printer, I have also tried using the security
> tab under printer properties to give full access to printer & document
> management to the everyone user & have even tried adding the user from our
> domain & giving them full access.
>
> Still they cannot manage printers or even find the printers option.
>
> Any ideas?
>
>

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