When trying to set a default printer in Microsoft Windows, you may encounter an error that says:
Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000709). Double click the printer name and make sure that the printer is connected to the network.
Another possible error when setting the default printers is:
Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000005). Access is denied.
To solve this problem, try the following.
- Hold the Windows Key and press “R” to bring up the Run window.
- Type “regedit“, then press “Enter” to bring up the Registry Editor.
- Navigate to the following location:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Windows
- Right-click on the “Windows” folder, then choose “Permissions…“
- Highlight “Administrators“, then check the “Full Control” box, then click “OK“.
- Highlight your username, then check the “Full Control” box, then click “OK“.
- Delete the following registry values if they exist:
- Try to set your default printer again. Hopefully this time it works!
Naeem Ansari says
Windows 11 home are printing sharing problem error is 0x00000709 i has all comments runs and regedit settings but it’s not slowed please help
Ken Heart says
None of the suggestions worked. I cannot add a shared network printer, no matter what I do.. Driving me crazy as it just suddenly started happening.
ajay singh says
your solution not work on windows 10 home edittion . please provide other solution for this problem
Yeah it worked great thank you So much
just set the printer as default in the server or the computer that the printer is installed on
It worked hoooo!
Deepanker manna says
Thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much.
SALALA MALIMI says
Thank you,it has worked.The printer now is set as default
Udhav Wadhawan says
If the error still persist then try this out:
1. Select the printer which you wish make default.
2. Right click it and select printer properties.
3. Select the “Ports” tab.
4. Check the “pooling” option and select two printers (one virtual and one usb type printer)
5. Click on OK.
That will solve your problem.
Shejil K S says
Thanks a lot. It worked for me.
why didn’t it work for me?
Loud Speaker says
Works like a charm. Thank you.
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yasir ali says
bundle of thanks the problem resolved.
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PRAVIN PRAJAPATI says
Great solution. working for me.
Deejay Almir says
It worked. Thanks.
Thanks for sharing, Didn’t work for me, But I was able to use the Add printer wizard from the Windows 10 Printers and Devices Windows. It let me install the printer by browsing to the share and selecting the needed printer, gives the option to Set as default and it installed and was the default printer.
Could not install the printer with File Explorer \\share\printer gave same error. Odd. Only in this new profile if logged on as myself it did install I was going to export my printer reg key as you showed the path above and then import it.
Thanks dear it worked, Good info Tc.
Thanks team! It really worked!??
Thanks it worked
WOW. Thanks for this solution. It works.
Kunal Jain says
Thank You very much, this worked well for me too..
You are a genius. I worked on this for month. Turned Internet upside down with all the error messages that appeared. Today I tried this “error 709 and ended up with your site. Solved the problem in a minute.
Thank you so much
Happy new year.
thanks. it worked instantly.
Thank u soo much my problem has been solved.
great share keep it up bro.
If the error pops up ever after doing all the above steps, try restarting the computer. It worked for me.
DILISH N D says
O.K ……………….Done Thank You very much…………….
Manikandan L says
Yes that works for me. It was really helpful. Thank you
ANIMESH DEBNATH says
really very useful trick. thank you dear admin
it’s worked. Thank you so much.
It worked , thank you so much
Mohomane Kefuwe says
Thank you very much, I manage to set a printer as a default.
i tried the steps as listed above but still getting the same error message.