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[FIX] Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000709)

How to Fix Error 0x00000709 When Selecting Default Printer

If you can’t set your default printer and get an “Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000709)” message, follow the instructions provided in this article to fix the problem.

Error 0x00000709

When you set a default printer, all print jobs are automatically sent to the selected printer, and you don’t have to select a printer each time you want to print. However, Windows may fail to change the default printer and throw the 0x00000709 error in some cases.

The full error message reads as follows:

Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000709). Double check the printer name and make sure that the printer is connected to the network.

This error mainly occurs when more than one printer is connected to a computer. It may also occur when a printer is shared over a network.

What Causes Error 0x00000709

  • Incorrect Windows Registry settings.
  • Allowing Windows to manage the default printer automatically.
  • The cumulative update KB5006670 for Windows 10. Uninstalling this update should solve the problem.

Video on How to Fix “Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000709)”

Table of Contents:

Method 1. Run the Printer Troubleshooter

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type in msdt.exe /id PrinterDiagnostic in Run and click OK

2. In the Run dialog box, type in msdt.exe /id PrinterDiagnostic and click OK.

In the Printer Troubleshooter, click Next

3. In the Printer Troubleshooter window, click Next.

Select the printer and click Next

4. Select the printer and click Next.

5. The troubleshooter will identify the problem and provide a fix.

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Method 2. Disable Windows Automatic Printer Management

Right-click the Start menu and click Settings

1. Right-click Start and click Settings.

Select Bluetooth & devices and select Printers & scanners

2. In the left pane, select Bluetooth and devices.

3. Select Printers & scanners.

Disable the Let Windows manage my default printer option

4. In the Printer preferences section, toggle off the, Let Windows manage my default printer, option.

Select the printer

5. Then, select the printer.

Click Set as default

6. Click Set as default.

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Method 3. Set Default Printer via Windows Registry Editor

Before going through the steps, you need to know the exact name of your printer.

Right-click the Start menu and click Settings

1. Right-click Start and click Settings.

Select Bluetooth & devices and select Printers & scanners

2. In the left pane, select Bluetooth and devices.

3. Select Printers & scanners.

Check the printer name

4. Check the name of your printer.

5. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type in regedit in Run and click OK

6. In the Run dialog box, type in regedit and click OK.

Right-click Device and click Modify

7. In the Windows Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Windows

8. Right-click Device and click Modify.

Tpye in the printer name in the Value data section and click OK

9. In the Value data section, type in your printer name and click OK. The value data is separated by a comma into three parts. You only need to change the part at the front, which is the printer name.

10. If you get a Cannot edit Device: Error writing the value’s new contents error, perform the following steps.

Right-click the Windows registry key and click Permissions

11. Right-click the Windows key in the left pane and click Permissions.

Select your administrator account and tick Allow next to Full Control and Read

12. Select your administrator account, and tick Allow for Full Control and Read.

13. Click Apply and click OK to save the changes.

Right-click UserSelectDefault and click Rename

14. Right-click UserSelectDefault and click Rename.

Rename UserSelectDevice to your printer name and save the new name

15. Rename it to the name of your printer.

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