Fix: Error 0x00000709 operation could not be completed on Windows 11/10

Sometimes if we try to set a newly added printer as the default printer, we see the message “Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000709); double-check the printer name and make sure that the printer is connected to the network”. So this error prevents us from setting the current Printer as the default printer. Here we will discuss how you can fix the printer error 0x00000709.

Why does printer error 0x00000709 occur on Windows 11/10?

The printer error 0x00000709 occurs in the registry settings. Registry keys prefer the old printer driver as the default and prevent us from setting the current printer driver as the default. It is a common occurrence in Windows 11 and Windows 10. If you have experienced this error, don’t worry, some configuration or registry changes will fix the problem.

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How to Fix Default Printer Error 0x00000709 on Windows 11/10

Method 1: Using Printer Troubleshooter

When you encounter printing issues, your first method is using a printer troubleshooting tool built into Windows. To launch the device, follow the below steps:

Step 1: You need to run the Printer Troubleshooter.

Step 2: Type Windows Key + R combination to open the Run Dialog box.

Step 3: Execute the following command:

msdt.exe /id PrinterDiagnostic

Printer Troubleshooter

Step 4: Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions to fix your printer issues.

Method 2: Through the Registry Editor

Launch the Run tool using the Windows + R button.

Type in Regedit in the Dialog box and hit Enter.

On User Account Control Prompt, click on Yes.

Now Registry Editor will open, go to the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

Double-click on the Device file under the Windows folder on the right-side panel.

Inside the Value Data field, you need to add the name of your Printer and then click on OK.

A message will display “Cannot edit Device: Error writing the value’s new contents”> Click on OK again.

Note the existing permissions (before proceeding to the next step) after adding the Printer. Later, you have to reverse the changes you made to the Permissions.

Now right-click on the Windows folder and then click on Permission.

In the section “Group or user names”, choose Restricted.

In the “Permissions for RESTRICTED” section, check to Allow Full Control, Read, and Special Permissions.

Now, click on Apply > OK.

You must right-click the UserSelectedDefault file and select Rename (Rename it to your Printer’s name).

Restart your PC  for the changes to take effect.

Finally, reverse the Permission changes you made (Don’t forget).

Method 3: Update the Printer Drivers

Launch Device Manager and Scroll down.

You will see Universal Serial Bus controllers (Expand the entry).

Now head over to the option USB Composite Device and right-click on it.

Choose Update Driver from the menu.

Update the Printer Drivers

Click on Search automatically for a driver, and Windows will try to find a new driver.

You can also visit the Manufacture’s official website to download the latest driver.

Method 4: Uninstall Updates

Due to some buggy patch windows updates, we may face this error. So it would help if you uninstalled these updates to fix the 0x00000709 error. To do so, head to the Setting page> Updates & Security. There you will see Windows Update > View Optional Updates. Choose the buggy patch and uninstall it. At present, for Windows 11, the buggy patch is KB5006674. The patch for Windows 10 2004 and 1909 is KB5006670 and KB5006667, respectively. Finally, restart your PC.

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