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How to make a printer permanently default.

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I was wondering if anyone knows how to make a printer permanently and undefinitely the default? We have a Windows 7 Pro notebook that loses its default printer every time when undocked and since Windows 7 does not have the hardware profile settings it keeps switching to a image printer driver once disconnected from the docking station.
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Make your desired printer as Default in the system in your log in.

Open registry and export the value from below :-

Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
Under the HKEY_ CURRENT_USER subtree, go to the following subkey:

Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows
Add or edit the following registry entry

Device:REG_SZ:<printer description string>

Save that registry export in a file on C Drive

Create a batch file with name Register.bat and save below values in it

regedit.exe /s C:\DefaultPrinter.reg

Put this batch file into the start up folder. Everytime your machine starts and you log on it will add this as Default printer for your profile.
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