I'm working on a bug in an application where the user is getting an exception if they attempt to print without a default printer selected. I'm trying to recreate that, but I have a default printer set and can not get it unselected without selecting a different one.

Is there a way to get back to a point where no printer is set as the default?

I'm on Windows 7 Professional.



Disable Let windows manage my default printer

Delete (or rename):

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows->Device

Restart the print spooler.

It should work.. I had to fix the same EXACT bug in the past.. I think that is what I did to repro but it has been a while.

  • Manage Default Printers is not available as an option for me. But I'm thinking your answer here would work if I had admin right s to my machine. Thanks. – dev1998 May 15 at 18:28

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