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Setting Crsytal Reports Printer at runtime in VB.NET

On my old development PC (Win7Pro / Vb.NET 2008 / CR) I had a routine that allowed users to print a selection of documents using pre-defined crsytal report templates.
Basically we could setup a list of documents to print and configure the printers that they were printed to.
Now I have a Windows8 PC with Vb.NET 2010 and CR 2011, this code is no longer working.
It appears that the CR object ignores the printer parameters and prints to the default windows printer. The code I used was very simple:
       ' Set the required Printer & Tray
        crxReport.PrintOptions.PrinterName = oDocParams.PrinterName
        crxReport.PrintOptions.PaperSource = oDocParams.PrinterTray

However is doesn't matter what you set the printer name to (and yes I am setting to printers configured on the PC!) likewise for the tray.
The only thing that appears to work is the number of copies:
       crxReport.PrintToPrinter(oDocParams.Copies, True, 0, 0)

I am referencing the full blown crystal report object not hte one included in .NET

I'm guessing the printing subsystem in Windows 8 is overiding the CR settings......

Anyone have any ideas?


ManSys UK
ManSys UK
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
maybe try to change the default printer just to print the report (and reset it right after): http://emoreau.com/Entries/Articles/2005/03/Setting-Windows-default-printer.aspx
It may also be that Crystal needs to be upgraded to be fully Win8 compatible.

A couple of articles from SAP/Crystal.  No Win 8 Crystal service pack yet.


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