How to specify a persistent default printer via the Windows Registry and PowerShell

specify default printer

You may want to specify a persistent default printer for so many reasons. One of which is to be able to use the same printer even after connecting to a different Printer. Here are some articles relating to Print Drivers I have written; how to delete obsolete drivers from the Driver Store in Windows 10, how to rename a Printer in Windows 10, and how to determine the version and type of a Printer Driver (Printer Driver Information)

Windows 10 uses by default the last chosen printer as default. If you need to specify a persistent default printer you can disable this feature with the following registry key. Here are some articles relating to Windows Registry; What is Registry Editor and how to access the registry hives, and how to search through the Windows registry. For a comprehensive list of articles relating to the Windows registry, visit the following link.

Note: To get the list of all installed Printers. Note, you also achieve this via the Control Panel or Windows Settings. I have already discussed the steps on how to accomplish this task here.

Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows" -Name "LegacyDefaultPrinterMode" -Value 1 -Force
Windows Registry
Note: Change the value from “0” to “1” and click on Ok.

From PowerShell: Run the following cmdlets to change the value from zero to one as shown below.

Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows" -Name "LegacyDefaultPrinterMode" -Value 1 -Force

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