Vista changes default printer

Posted: 11-23-2008, 05:51 PM
Sunday

After installing SP1 when booting the computer if the attached printer is
not powered-on, Vista stops
sharing the printer, and changes the default printer

This is annoying at best.

Guidance please

J

Vista changes default printer


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hafizahmad
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Tweaking Windows vista
Posted: 11-25-2008, 03:31 AM
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Re: Tweaking Windows vista - *SPAM*
Posted: 11-25-2008, 01:52 PM
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Re: Vista changes default printer
Posted: 11-25-2008, 01:54 PM
J wrote:
> Sunday
>
> After installing SP1 when booting the computer if the attached printer is
> not powered-on, Vista stops
> sharing the printer, and changes the default printer
Make/model of printer?

Did you install the latest drivers for Vista from the printer mftr.'s
website?

Check with the printer mftr.'s tech support (or their website) to see if
this is a known issue with this model printer and SP1?

Looking at the printer mftr.'s tech support site and updating drivers would
be my first step.

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Re: Tweaking Windows vista - *SPAM*
Posted: 11-25-2008, 02:43 PM
bull hockey.

just because an mvp did not post it does not make it spam.

best get your eyes checked.

shows a pure lack of intelligence.

link in signature removed because of possible spam links.,


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Re: Vista changes default printer
Posted: 11-26-2008, 05:52 AM
Windows has always had the habit of defaulting to the printer if 'finds'
first on startup. If the printer you want as default is not turned on, it
will default to whatever else it finds, whether it's the XPS or a PDF
writer.

Solution, check printer is turned on BEFORE starting computer.... or disable
the other printers in the Control Panel, whether they be 'real' or virtual'.
Personally I never turn my printers off. Other PCs on my network may need
access to them.
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"J" <Jnospam@nowhere.com> wrote in message
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> Sunday
>
> After installing SP1 when booting the computer if the attached printer is
> not powered-on, Vista stops
> sharing the printer, and changes the default printer
>
> This is annoying at best.
>
> Guidance please
>
> J
Paul Guijt
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Re: Vista changes default printer
Posted: 12-09-2008, 07:53 AM

"Cari (MS-MVP)" wrote:
> Windows has always had the habit of defaulting to the printer if 'finds'
> first on startup. If the printer you want as default is not turned on, it
> will default to whatever else it finds, whether it's the XPS or a PDF
> writer.
That may be so (though I have my doubts), quite a few people would be
pleased if that habit would change. The user should decide what he of she
sees as the default, not the one that programmed Windows. I hope Microsoft
changes that.

Regards,
Paul
J
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Re: Vista changes default printer
Posted: 01-26-2009, 12:04 AM
This continues.

And: if the 2nd monitor is not on, it is lost when I turn it on.

This is stupid.

"Paul Guijt" <PaulGuijt@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> "Cari (MS-MVP)" wrote:
>
>> Windows has always had the habit of defaulting to the printer if 'finds'
>> first on startup. If the printer you want as default is not turned on,
>> it
>> will default to whatever else it finds, whether it's the XPS or a PDF
>> writer.
>
> That may be so (though I have my doubts), quite a few people would be
> pleased if that habit would change. The user should decide what he of she
> sees as the default, not the one that programmed Windows. I hope Microsoft
> changes that.
>
> Regards,
> Paul
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RE: Vista changes default printer
Posted: 02-05-2009, 10:08 AM

Same problem here. In my case this problem is caused by the fact that my
network doesn't work very well under Windows Vista. File and printer sharing
just won't work properly in this OS. There doesn't seem to be a solution to
this, I (and other people) tried everything. However Windows XP works fine
here, so we use that on production machines.
Cari \(MS-MVP\)
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Re: Vista changes default printer
Posted: 02-06-2009, 01:50 AM
Same problem as what?


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"KIKO Software" <KIKO Software@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> Same problem here. In my case this problem is caused by the fact that my
> network doesn't work very well under Windows Vista. File and printer
> sharing
> just won't work properly in this OS. There doesn't seem to be a solution
> to
> this, I (and other people) tried everything. However Windows XP works fine
> here, so we use that on production machines.
 
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