Default printer keeps changing to printer on the network

By jen.litchfield ·
We have a 5 computers on a network. We run Windows XP and all have our own local printers connected to our computers but we share them all on the network. Until recently, one of the computers default printer would not stay on his local printer but automatically change to a shared network printer. We did a reinstall of windows on this computer (for other reasons) and reinstalled his printer and now his default printer stays on his local printer but the other user (whose printer he kept printing to) now his default keeps changing to the printer we just did the reinstall on? IS there an easy fix for this?

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by shasca In reply to Default printer keeps cha ...

It sounds like a script, or group policy setting is causing this. I have never seen a default printer change by anything on the local level.

If you do have Active Directory you can run commands from the affected PC to see if it is receiving a GPO. You can Run either gpresult, or RSOP to see the applied rights.

Finding a rogue script will be a little harder.

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Do these users have a logon script?

by robo_dev In reply to Default printer keeps cha ...

if so, you can define the default printer as the user logns on.

Sometimes XP picks the first printer name in the alphabet as the default, for no particular reason.

I've never tried it, but there is a little freeware app that sets the default printer:

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