Default Printer keeps changing

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I have a computer that connects to a domain. The user logs on, sets a default printer and restarts the machine. Instead of the new default printer "being" the default printer, the default printer has returned to the last previous default. This happens each time the computer is restarted. I am not using wondering profiles. Any helps would be appreciated. Thanks

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Thats a first for me. Let me ask you this. Does your user have admin rights to their profile on the computer. If not grant them the administrator rights. log off and log back on. Set the default printer and then restart. If it takes it then set the user back to what ever you had at before.

If that fails then Click on Start, Settings, Printers, File, Server Properties, and delete the drivers of the printers that you do not need.

If that fails then try re-installing the printer driver. Let me know how it goes.

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  • Jlewko
    Check your group policy and logon scripts. If something is set to default a printer when a user or computer logs on to that domain, it will override the existing default settings.
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  • Swiftd
    I think sheldonrw is right. It sounds like the user does not have permission to write to their profile, but you'll also want to make sure that he owns his profile. Right click on the folder and select Properties or Sharing, select the security tab, click on the Advanced button and change to the Owner tab to verify or force ownership. 2003 allows you to select who you want to set the owner to, but that option is not available in previous versions. You'll have to do it while logged on as the user who is taking ownership (Make sure they have the Full permission right set first). If it's not this, check GPO to make sure that users are allowed to write to their profiles. A drastic, but not unreasonable step is to delete their profile entirely and start fresh. This is the easy way if you don't want to troubleshoot the problem and just want it to go away. Obviously, if that works, something's gone haywire with a registry key, a permission, or is not writing properly when the user logs off. The event log might provide answers. Good luck, Don
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  • Petroleumman
    Hello, I'm assuming your not using scripts or GP to assign printers? Can the user print from the printer in question? If so, try deleting the printers from the printers folder then re-add them, set the default and test. Most often problems associated with printers can be resolved by deleting and re-adding the faulty printer. Good luck!
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  • Finchman12
    Thanks for all your help. It ended up that IBM Thinkpads have a program called IBM Access Connections. When you setup one of these connections it asks you to set a default printer for that profile. This is why it was changing on login... the access connection was forcing its default on. Thanks again.
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