Error code 0x00000709 when setting the Windows standard printer

The  error code 0x00000709 occurs very often when the Windows user tries to set another Windows standard printer . Below you can see the original error message when setting the standard printer under Windows 10 .

Error Code 0x00000709 - The operation could not be completed.

The exact error message is:

The operation could not be completed.
( Error 0x00000709 ).
Check the printer name and make sure the printer is connected to the network.

Delete default printer in registry

To eliminate the error 0x00000709 , you simply have to delete the standard printer in the registry. To do this, open the Windows registry editor regedit.exe ” and go to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows NT CurrentVersion Windows

Below you can see the registry entry on a PC on which this problem also occurred.

Device - default printer in the registry

The key is the registry entry “Device” , which contains the complete name and connection information of the Windows standard printer. Simply delete this complete ” Device ” entry with the right mouse button and restart the Windows PC.

Complemental description: Some users have reported that there is an error message when deleting the device entry . This is due to missing permissions , which you can simply set yourself. Simply right- click the higher-level registry key ” Windows ” and select ” Permissions “. Here, the “Full access” right must be set for the user making the change. Then close the window with OK .

Then you can set the Windows standard printer again without the error code 0x000000709 occurring again.

If you are looking for more information on printer issues in Windows, take a look at the following articles:

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with Windows 8
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– Printer default values ​​on Windows 2008 R2 print server
– Change default printer via registry