Windows 10: Windows Won't Keep Default Printer

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  1. Doug8823 Win User

    Windows Won't Keep Default Printer


    In the last few days, Windows 10 keeps switching my default printer which I've reset to my actual HP Officejet Pro 8620 printer several times and instead makes my default printer "HP Smart Printing" a Hewlett Packward app I use to scan documents. How do I get Windows to KEEP my HP Officejet Pro 8620 as my default printer, without having to delete the HP Smart app? It's incredibly annoying. Here's an image of what I see when Windows resets my default printer to be HP Smart Printing:

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    Doug8823, Oct 3, 2022
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  2. Windows 10 Sets Last Printer Used As Default Printer

    Hi,

    Thank you for contacting Microsoft Community.

    I suggest you to follow the below steps to change the printer settings and check if it helps.

    • In the search box, type as “settings”.
    • Go to “settings” and select “devices”.
    • Click on “printers and scanners” option on the left hand side.
    • You will find all your printers listed on the screen, below that there is an option
      “Let Windows manage my default printer”.
    • I suggest you to turn “OFF” the option “When turned on, the default printer is the last used printer”.
    • Now check whether you can choose the other printers or not.
    Hope this information is helpful and do let us know if you need further assistance. We will be glad to assist.

     
    Karthicka_R, Oct 3, 2022
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  3. Windows 10 - Cannot Set Printer Default

    Hi Marc,

    I suggest you to place the computer in Clean boot state and then try to make the default printer.

    Perform clean boot to identify if any 3rd party service is causing this issue:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135

    Note: After performing the troubleshooting steps in clean boot, follow
    Step 3 from the link to start the computer to
    Normal startup mode.


    Note: Also applies to Windows 10.

    To make printer as a default printer you can follow the below steps:


    • Press Windows key+ X and select
      device manager
      .

    • Select devices and printers

    • Right click on the printer you want to use, and then click
      set as default printer (You'll see a check mark on the printer's icon signifying that it's now your default printer).
    Hope this helps. Please reply to us with the status of the issue.

    Thanks.
     
    Anil Madishetty, Oct 3, 2022
    #3
  4. Pavan_N Win User

    Windows Won't Keep Default Printer

    I have windows 10 and my printer is HP OFFICEJET PRO 8610. My laptop says it is offline What do I do?

    Hi Donna,

    Thank you for posting in Microsoft Community.

    • Have you installed all pending Windows and driver updates?
    • Did you make any changes to your computer prior to this issue?

    I suggest you to refer the link below and perform the troubleshooting steps suggested.

    Archived - HP Support Community


    Hope this information is helpful. Please do let us know if you need further assistance, we’ll be glad to assist you.

    Thanks
     
    Pavan_N, Oct 3, 2022
    #4
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