Error 0x00000709 Cannot Set Default Printer on Windows [Solved]

By Sophie Luo  Printer Issues   87 Comments
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 is one of the most effective methods for you to try. 

Note: The following screen shots are shown on Windows 7, but the fixes apply to Windows 10 and Windows 8 as well. 

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

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

If User Account Control comes up, please chose 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 screen shot 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 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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