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Windows Registry Default Priority Key

Posted on 2008-06-18
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In Windows XP Registry, under:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Print\Printers\"Printer Name"

is a key called Default Priority.

Has anyone had any experience with this, or anyone know what this does?

I am on a hunt to find a way to set printers default order. When a user profile loses its default printer, it resets to a Virtual Printer (Microsoft Document Image Writer). I am trying to figure out a way to set my current default printer to have priority over others.
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Hmmm I have that key too, all of my printers have values of 0. I would guess that a higher number would give priority.... like lets say I set PrinterA with a value of 1, then make a different printer default and delete it... this should give you PrinterA as the default.... at least this is my assumption.


and i just found this:

Default Priority

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Print\Providers\LanMan Print Services\Servers\ server-name \Printers\ printer-name
Data type      Range      Default value

REG_DWORD
      

-1 | 0 | 1
      

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Describes the printing priority for network printers.
Value      Meaning

-1
      

Low

0
      

Normal

1
      

High

Note Image Note

You must be an Administrator on the print server to be able to change this setting.

This entry only appears in the registry after a connection has been made to the remote machine.

Related Entries

from:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/reskit/regentry/50448.mspx?mfr=true



so it looks like only 3 options for that key:  1, 0, -1 (high priority, medium, low)
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by:pzozulka
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Yeah, I saw that article too, but have you ever worked with this key. This is a CEO's machine, and I do not want to go deleting printers. Me personally, I dont have any on my machine.
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I would just test-bench this out. Do you have another computer you can try it on? You can install another printer via a software printer to test this as well. I use PrimoPDF

www.primopdf.com

with that installed, plus the office document printer, you could experiment with deleting/priority. If you don't have a system to do that with I suppose I can dig one up here and get it going. Let me know
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