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Default Printer keeps changing

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by PSRumbagh, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. PSRumbagh

    PSRumbagh Flightless Bird

    Using Control Panel --> Printers and Faxes I set the default printer to my
    Brother HL-2170W laser printer by right clicking on it's icon then "set as
    default printer". Upon re-boot the default printer has been automatically
    reset to my HP-PSC1300 ink jet printer. How do I make my prefered printer
    selection stick?

    Note, left or right clicking on Brother printer icon does not produce a "set
    as default printer" messages in printer task, top left pane.
     
  2. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    One or more options/settings in an ever-growing number of third-party
    applications may be disallowing the changes from "sticking." These include
    anti-spyware applications (e.g., Ad-aware's Ad-Watch, Spybot Tea Timer,
    SpywareBlaster, SpySweeper, Spyware Doctor, CounterSpy, WinPatrol, etc),
    anti-virus applications & security suites (Norton, McAfee, ESET/NOD32,
    Kasperky, Trend Micro, etc.), and third-party firewalls (e.g., Zone Alarm,
    etc.).

    Note that temporarily disabling the application(s) or rebooting into Safe
    Mode may not disable the application's system protections.

    PSRumbagh wrote:
    > Using Control Panel --> Printers and Faxes I set the default printer to my
    > Brother HL-2170W laser printer by right clicking on it's icon then "set as
    > default printer". Upon re-boot the default printer has been automatically
    > reset to my HP-PSC1300 ink jet printer. How do I make my prefered printer
    > selection stick?
    >
    > Note, left or right clicking on Brother printer icon does not produce a
    > "set
    > as default printer" messages in printer task, top left pane.
     
  3. Elmo

    Elmo Flightless Bird

    PSRumbagh wrote:
    > Using Control Panel, Printers and Faxes I set the default printer to my
    > Brother HL-2170W laser printer by right-clicking on its icon, then "set as
    > default printer". Upon re-boot the default printer has been automatically
    > reset to my HP-PSC1300 ink jet printer. How do I make my preferred printer
    > selection stick?
    >
    > Note, left or right clicking on Brother printer icon does not produce a "set
    > as default printer" messages in printer task, top left pane.


    Two things to try:

    - Remove, then reinstall the Brother printer.

    - http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
    Line 30. Windows XP Doesn't Save User Settings

    --
    Joe =o)
     
  4. PSRumbagh

    PSRumbagh Flightless Bird

    I used the "Restore Wizard" to restore my laptop to a date before this
    problem started, i.e. restore to 8 January 2010. Printer setting now
    "sticks". Also, some unknown icons in the system tray vanished after the
    restore (good). These problems seemed to start after a McAfee spyware update
    from AOL in late January.

    "PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:

    > One or more options/settings in an ever-growing number of third-party
    > applications may be disallowing the changes from "sticking." These include
    > anti-spyware applications (e.g., Ad-aware's Ad-Watch, Spybot Tea Timer,
    > SpywareBlaster, SpySweeper, Spyware Doctor, CounterSpy, WinPatrol, etc),
    > anti-virus applications & security suites (Norton, McAfee, ESET/NOD32,
    > Kasperky, Trend Micro, etc.), and third-party firewalls (e.g., Zone Alarm,
    > etc.).
    >
    > Note that temporarily disabling the application(s) or rebooting into Safe
    > Mode may not disable the application's system protections.
    >
    > PSRumbagh wrote:
    > > Using Control Panel --> Printers and Faxes I set the default printer to my
    > > Brother HL-2170W laser printer by right clicking on it's icon then "set as
    > > default printer". Upon re-boot the default printer has been automatically
    > > reset to my HP-PSC1300 ink jet printer. How do I make my prefered printer
    > > selection stick?
    > >
    > > Note, left or right clicking on Brother printer icon does not produce a
    > > "set
    > > as default printer" messages in printer task, top left pane.

    >
    > .
    >
     

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