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1. ## Set Default Printer to Machines with Local Printers

Hi there,

I've been searching around the forum but can't find anything that fits the bill so here goes.

We are in the process of joining our two current networks into one that's newly created (completely seperate). On Friday I rolled in 45 new admin machines to replace their old ones and have joined them all to our new domain.

I am having an issue in that these PCs all have PDFCreator on them which sets up a printer. In the rollout image we've been using, this printer is the default because no other printers are installed. When the machines were deployed I then set up all of the users printers which are mainly local ones and are not all the same type.

This is all fine, however I cannot find a way to make the one I've just installed the default for all of the users that may log on. They all default to the PDF printer which is causing me a great number of support calls.

We are using a default profile from the Netlogon folder so I can't set it from there.

I don't foresee a problem when we bring our curriculum machines into the mix since I've modified a script from this site to check the PC name and apply a default printer, but in the mean time for admin if I were to do it by script I'd have one as long as my arm.

Am I missing the obvious here?

Cheers

HBJB

2. ## Re: Set Default Printer to Machines with Local Printers

Assuming win xp

log on as a user(non admin) and set the printer as the default printer.

reboot the pc log in as an admin user. right click my computer select properties--go to the advanced tab-- select user profiles button--copy the profile of the user you loged in as to the default user profile use the browse button and point to C:\Documents and Settings\Default User. It may ask for a username and password just give the admin credentials. in the permited to use box type everyone and check name make sure its highlighted.

delete any profiles on the machines ** if the user already has a profile o the PC these settings will not take effect.**

have the user logon the printer should now be default.

3. ## Re: Set Default Printer to Machines with Local Printers

Nope! That didn't work and I had already tried that but in a slightly different way (copying the "good" profile, deleting the Default User one and then renaming the copy as Default User). I thougt

I asume it's not working because we use a profile that's delivered from the server and not the local one.

Cheers

HBJB

4. ## Re: Set Default Printer to Machines with Local Printers

Curious, I went to add a new post and it edited my old one. There was a forum database issue on the first submit though.

HBJB

5. ## Re: Set Default Printer to Machines with Local Printers

It's an awful lot easier to just set:

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

That key is what defines the default printer and is a per-user setting (I never got the logic of making printers per-user by default - why would you want your printer to follow you round in any environment?)

Log on as yourself, set the default printer, then export that registry value - so you've got the correct syntax.

You then just have to set that reg key to the right printer for each machine. We do it here with a .reg file in %windir% that just get silently imported on logon; but there's a million other ways of setting that key on logon.

6. ## Thanks to GeeDee from:

eean (8th June 2009)

7. ## Re: Set Default Printer to Machines with Local Printers

Yes it wont work if you have a default user profile in your netlogon folder.

8. ## Re: Set Default Printer to Machines with Local Printers

There is also a command line option for installing printers globally to a machine.

RUNDLL32 PRINTUI.DLL,PrintUIEntry /ga /n\\printserver\printer

http://www.robvanderwoude.com/index.html for more examples

9. ## Re: Set Default Printer to Machines with Local Printers

Originally Posted by GeeDee
It's an awful lot easier to just set:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\Device
That seems to do the business. I've exported the key and made a reg file, tweaked it for each different printer and dropped it on the local machine. Then I've added an "if exist file.reg regedt /s file.reg" in the user logon script in the OU for admin staff.

Thanks for your help.

HBJB

10. ## Re: Set Default Printer to Machines with Local Printers

I think Pooley has the right idea but there few points that need changing.

Rather than using the UNC format put the name of the printer as it would appear in the Printers and Faxes folder of Windows Control

Code:
RUNDLL32 PRINTUI.DLL,PrintUIEntry /y /n "HP DeskJet BlahDeBlah"
This would go in an appropriate logon script.

the /ga is not necessary as HBJB is trying make printer default as he has already installed it.

the UNC format would also require the printer to be shared which is not need in this case.

11. ## Re: Set Default Printer to Machines with Local Printers

@NetworkGeezer

I'll investigate both options. Any idea which would be most effecient? They both require a small amendment to the logon script and a local script/reg patch so it may be swings and roundabouts.

I'm not thinking straight today since I was removing old machines until 10pm on Thursday, installing new ones on Friday on my own since both techs decided to be ill :x (another late night), spent Saturday transfering home folders and other files from the old server to the new ones and part of Sunday tidying up all the mess.

<edit> And I can't spell today !! </edit>

Cheers

HBJB

12. ## Re: Set Default Printer to Machines with Local Printers

I would suggest your try the PrintUI.dll method as it is probably more flexiblie then a reg file import in this instance.

You can also test interactively by opening up the Printers folder and then changing the default printer from the command line.

13. ## Re: Set Default Printer to Machines with Local Printers

You can set PDF creator up on a server as well and share it. That may stop some problems with ti being a lcoal printer.

14. ## Re: Set Default Printer to Machines with Local Printers

Originally Posted by ChrisH
You can set PDF creator up on a server as well and share it. That may stop some problems with ti being a lcoal printer.
Looked into that but couldn't get it to stop coming up with the dialog box on the Print server itself. For example, I send a job to print from a workstation, at the server I get the dialog box about where to save the file :cry: . Naturaly I didn't see this at the workstation so couldn't save the files where I wanted. In fact there was no dialog at all, as far as the workstation was concerned the job had printed.

Cheers

HBJB

15. ## Re: Set Default Printer to Machines with Local Printers

All the printui method does is change the registry value - and less reliably in my experience (especially if the printer connection has very recently been created).

If you want to use that method (on an existing printer) the syntax is:
Code:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /y /n\\UNC\path\to\printer
Registry hacks generally fit into existing envrionments better though - and it works very reliably.

16. ## Re: Set Default Printer to Machines with Local Printers

I can't say that I ever had a problem with PrintUIEntry /y /n other than when I forgot to rename a queque reference after relocating the printer ops:

As for syntax here's what the help page says
Set printer as default:
Code:
rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /y /n "printer"
I've tried it myself. The UNC version is OK for printers shared off a Windows Server but for local printers, as in the original question, the above is probably more appropriate.

For anybody interested the help page is
Code:
RUNDLL32 PrintUI.DLL,PrintUIEntry /?

17. ## Thanks to NetworkGeezer from:

mark (25th February 2008)

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