If you get this message Operation could not be completed(error 0x00000709). Double click the printer name and make sure that the printer is connected to the network when you fail to set your printer as the default one, you’re not alone. 

Many Windows users are reporting this problem as well. But no worries, it’s possible to fix.  Here are 2 methods for you to try.

Fix 1: Fix registry glitches automatically

The Error 0x00000709 message is often caused by faulty Windows Registry settings. The easiest way to fix it is to use a professional repair tool like Restoro.

Restoro will perform an in-depth scan of your device and fix any issues detected, so you don’t have to risk breaking your system when modifying the registry key yourself.

1) Download and install Restoro.

2) Open Restoro and run a free scan. This might take 3 to 5 minutes to fully analyze your PC. You’ll see the summary of detected issues on your PC.

3) Click START REPAIR and all the issues will be fixed automatically. (You’ll need to purchase the full version, which comes with a 60-day Money-Back Guarantee so you can refund anytime if Reimage doesn’t fix your problem).

Fix 2: Modify your registry key

IMPORTANT: Modifying the registry in your computer could cause irrecoverable errors if the modification is done incorrectly, therefore, it is very important for you to back up your registry first.  

The following screenshots are shown on Windows 7, but the fixes apply to Windows 10 and Windows 8 as well.  

1) Click the Start button, then type regedit and press Enter.  

 If User Account Control comes up, please choose Yes at the prompt. 

 2) Follow the path  HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Windows

3) Double-click Device. Type in your printer name. (The screenshot here is an example only.) 

 Click OK to save the change.  

Note: If you encounter this sort of error “Cannot edit Device: Error writing the value’s new contents“, please follow the steps below to set the permission of the key.  

 a) Right-click the Windows key on the left side of the panel and then click Permissions….  

 b) Tick the box Allow for Full Control and Read, then click Apply and click OK to save the change.  

 4) Right-click UserSelectDefault and click Rename to rename it as your printer name.  

There you go! You should be able to set up your default printer now! 

After setting up your printer, you will need to update your printer driver for it to work more smoothly. If you don’t have the time, patience, or computer skills to update the printer driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks:

1) Download and install Driver Easy. 

2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to the printer driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with the FREE version). 

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).  

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