Good client presented this problem to me. We tried several tactics, and now are at a loss. His latest words to me:
"I'm running Windows XP Pro, build 5.1, SP2. The printer that the system defaults to at reboot/startup is an HP 6210 "All In One", while the older workhorse that I want to use most is a HP Deskjet 970cxi. Every time I set the 970cxi as default printer, the default printer automatically changes to the 6210 at reboot/startup. To date, I tried this: I powered down the 6210, unhooked the USB and power cable before setting the 970cxi as default printer. At reboot (and even thought the 6210 was offline), the 6210 still comes up as the default printer. I want the 970cxi to be the default printer all the time, but still be able to print to/scan from the 6210 when needed. When I right click the printers and properties, both respective printer buttons are marked "shared". I have two printers on my computer. One of two other computers on my network is able to print to either the 970cxi or the 6210 as desired."
This is a simple peer to peer network, mostly for sharing internet and printer resources, a small real estate office.
Sounds like HP software issue to me. As I move through time and have to deal with more and more printer issues, I am becoming more and more unhappy with the products - particularly software and drivers - that HP is putting out. They are rapidly joining Lexmark as undesirable in my book. Anyone have a solution or suggestion to my client's issue? Thanks in advance.