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Having trouble setting default printer in application on remote machine

I use remote desktop to connect to software on a remote machine (that is running Windows Server 2016).
In Windows control panel I have set the default printer to my local printer (it is displayed as a "redirected" printer).

In the application, I cannot get the redirected printer to set up as the default. When I print, I can scroll down the list of printers to redirected and print and it will print ok to my local printer.

If I change the default printer in Windows control panel on remote machine to any non-redirected printer, it does show up as the default printer in my application but I cannot get the redirected one to do this.

Is there some way I can change the name or settings for the printer on the remote machine to make it appear to the application that it is a valid local printer and therefore set up as default ok?
David Huisman
David Huisman
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Probably not, and I suspect this behavior is by design.  This would require a change to the remote machine's Registry that would make your local printer the default for the remote machine.

However, when you disconnect from the remote computer that machine would be left with no default printer, resulting in the problem of "What printer should be the default now?" and the result would be "I don't know."
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
EE requested stale question closure.  Answer was provided.
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