Unable to Set Default Printer. error 0X00000709

Hello to all,


Cannot set any printer as Default Printer. An error message appear, error 0X00000709. I have tried using a guide from the Forums, regarding the Windows System Registry, is still not working. And I unable print anything using PDF, but Microsoft Words, Excel and Notepad are able to print. Besides "Format Hard Disk, Create New User and Fix a corrupted user profile", is there any solution? Any of the helps, will be much appreciated.



Aaron Kwan


Hi Aaron,

I appreciate your efforts to resolve the issue.

What is the make and model of the printer?

This issue may occur if cables that aren't connected properly, due to corrupt drivers, incompatible drivers, if print spooler service is not started, due to printer settings, missing updates, and problems with the printer.

Method 1:
I would suggest you to run the fixit and check if it helps.

Diagnose and fix printer and printing problems automatically


Method 2:
If the issue persists, I would suggest you to temporarily disable security software from the computer and check.

Disable anti-virus software.

Note: Antivirus software can help protect your computer against viruses and other security threats. In most cases, you should not disable your antivirus software. If you do have to temporarily disable it to install other software, you should re-enable it as soon as you're done. If you are connected to the Internet or a network during the time your antivirus software is disabled, your computer is vulnerable to attacks.


Method 3:
If the issue persists, I would suggest you to try the steps in the article and check if it helps.

Try all the steps except the troubleshooter.

Printer problems in Windows


Refer to the link for additional information:

Troubleshoot PDF printing | Acrobat, Reader

Hope this information helps. Reply to the post with updated status of the issue to assist you further.

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Last updated May 27, 2020 Views 2,547 Applies to: