How to Solve Default Printer Keeps Changing Problem on Windows Computers

In Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, the “Network Location-aware” feature for printers has been removed, so you can no longer set the default printer of your choice. Windows 10 now automatically sets the default printer, which is usually the last printer you selected.

If you want to change the default printer and don’t want it changed automatically, follow the troubleshooting instructions below.

What causes the default printer to change all the time?

  • Your computer has a setting that allows it to change the device to whatever it thinks is most appropriate.
  • This is an unexpected error that your computer doesn’t tell you about, and that’s because the error doesn’t actually cause serious problems in your computer because there is a device that it can switch to fix the problem.

How to fix the “The default printer keeps changing” error?

To fix printer error 0x000007d1 - the specified driver is invalid

Delete the old printer settings

  1. Press the Windows+R keys simultaneously.
  2. Type “Regedit” and press Enter to open a registry editor window.
  3. Once it’s open, simply navigate to the location –
  4. Computer\HKEY_USERS\%User-SID%Printer.
  5. Right-click on the printer connection and click “Delete”.
  6. Then close the Registry Editor. Reboot your computer.

Changing printer settings

  1. Press Windows+I together to open the settings.
  2. Then click on “Devices” settings.
  3. In the device settings, click the “Printers and Scanners” setting on the left side.
  4. Then disable the “Allow Windows to manage printers by default” option.

Install the latest updates

  1. Press the Windows + I keys to open the Settings app.
  2. Then go to the “Update and security” section.
  3. Click the Check for Updates button.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to the following page: Settings -> Devices -> Printers and Scanners.
  3. You will see the option Allow Windows to control the printer by default. Deactivate this option.

Click on "Devices" in settings. Under "Devices" in the sidebar, select "Printers and Scanners." Scroll down to the "Printers and scanners" settings and uncheck the "Allow Windows to control the printer by default" box.

This may be related to your drivers, so it's important to update them. Sometimes this problem can occur due to certain system errors.