Windows 10: Losing default printer

Discus and support Losing default printer in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; This is a new behavior over the past few days - the default printer becomes unchecked, leaving me unable to print. Happens with or without a reboot.... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by weamish, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. weamish Win User

    Losing default printer


    This is a new behavior over the past few days - the default printer becomes unchecked, leaving me unable to print. Happens with or without a reboot. This would be relatively easy to fix each time, except that the Devices & Printers page takes 30-60 seconds to open. Any ideas? Thanks!

    :)
     
    weamish, Oct 25, 2015
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  2. Losing default printer

    Hi,

    Welcome to Microsoft community and thank you for posting your query.

    It would be great if you can provide more information regarding this issue. Please answer these questions.


    • What is the make and model of your printer?

    • Do you have all the updates installed?
    I suggest you to try the methods provided below and check if it helps.

    Method 1: Fix printer problems

    Click on below link to run printer troubleshooter and check if it helps:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...1&v2h=win7tab1&v3h=winvistatab1&v4h=winxptab1

    Method 2:
    Update printer software and driver



    To update please refer to the link

    How to: Install and Update Hardware Drivers in Windows 10

    Hope the information provided is helpful. Do let us know if you have any queries related to Windows, we will be happy to assist you.
     
    Ravindra Kamath, Oct 25, 2015
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    Hi,



    Thank you for coming back to us. Try installing Windows update 1511 and let us know the status, we will be glad to help you.



    Thanks.
     
    Billion Debbarma, Oct 25, 2015
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  4. AndyFH Win User

    Losing default printer

    AndyFH, Oct 25, 2015
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  5. Brink
    Brink New Member
    Brink, Oct 25, 2015
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  6. weamish Win User
    weamish, Oct 25, 2015
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  7. weamish Win User
    Using build 10240
     
    weamish, Oct 25, 2015
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  8. Brink
    Brink New Member

    Losing default printer

    Hmm, sounds like it's having a delay detecting your devices for it to take that long to open Devices and Printers.

    What brand and model printer is it?

    Have you already tried uninstalling and reinstalling the printer drivers?

    You might also check the printer cables to make sure they are securely connected at both ends.
     
    Brink, Oct 25, 2015
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  9. weamish Win User
    Brother HL-2270DW. Reinstalled several times. Wireless, no cables. There are a bunch of items listed as printers which I never use, wonder if it would help to delete them (XPS Document Writer, Send to OneNote, Quicken PDF, PC Fax, Brother Maintenance)
     
    weamish, Oct 25, 2015
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  10. Brink
    Brink New Member
    I'd only remove one if that one is the one always being set as the default printer instead of your Brother printer.
     
    Brink, Oct 25, 2015
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  11. weamish Win User
    There's no alternative default being set, so I guess we'll leave everything as is. Sure would like to speed up the opening of that folder though. It opened instantly in previous Win versions.
     
    weamish, Oct 25, 2015
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  12. spapakons Win User
    The other "printers" are there to help you create a PDF or XPS or whatever file from a document. Removing them you just lose this option. I am not sure if this will speed up your Devices and Printers window. If that makes you feel better, mine is slow too and I have seen a little delay in other computers as well.

    Try setting Brother the default printer and then restart the computer and see if the setting is kept.
     
    spapakons, Oct 25, 2015
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  13. weamish Win User

    Losing default printer

    Have been thru this several times - sometimes the setting holds, other times it doesn't. And sometimes the setting is lost even without a reboot.
     
    weamish, Oct 25, 2015
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  14. caveman88 Win User
    Something similar started happening to me with Build 1511. I have a landland attached fax modem I use to send info to the doctor. When I started using it after the build, my next print job wanted to go to the fax. I reset the default and all was good until I sent another fax.

    I went to https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...tml#post502147 and turned off letting W10 handle the default.

    Not sure that this is a good default. I have lots of software type printers ( one for PDFs, one for Kindle, etc) and I really want the actual printer to be the default. Hence the word default.

    I changed the setting to let me decide.

    And it does take my Devices and Printers a long time to find the devices also. I think that started with the new Build also.

    Z
     
    caveman88, Dec 14, 2015
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  15. spapakons Win User
    I have the same annoying issue at work. When I select Bullzip PDF printer to create a PDF, it then becomes default and I have to change the default printer again, only to change next time I use Bullzip PDF printer! I'll try turning off the auto assignment and see if that works. Thanks.
     
    spapakons, Apr 5, 2018
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