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Windows 7: Default printer not coming up

16 Feb 2011   #1
alansecker

XP 32
 
 
Default printer not coming up

My friend's Windows 7 laptop has an HP printer connected and set as the default.
He also has a pdf writer (CutePdf) installed

However, whenever he goes to print it is always CutePdf that shows up in the selection dialog. How can this be fixed?


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16 Feb 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

start menu -> devices and printers -> right click the printer and select set as default printer.

The pdf application made its writer default when it was installed. Microsoft office document writer does the same thing sometimes.
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17 Feb 2011   #3
alansecker

XP 32
 
 

I had already stated the the (real) printer had been set as the default and still is but cutepdf still pops up.I'm afraid the above advice is not the answer to this problem.
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17 Feb 2011   #4
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Well the other possiblity is to take the same action and choose remove device for the offending virtual printer.
This may interfere with the functionality of the pdf application.

I actually suggest using foxit pdf instead unless there is some specific reason for using the other one. foxit is free, functional and doesn't suffer from many of the security exploits found in some other pdf readers.
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17 Feb 2011   #5
Ambimom

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Remove Cute PDF and reinstall. See if that fixes it. If not, remove Cute PDF and install PDF Creator instead, an open source PDF writer with many more features than Cute PDF.

@Maguscreed: Cute PDF and PDF Creator are not readers; they create PDFs, which the free version of Foxit cannot.

FYI, open source (free) PDF Creator does all that the paid Foxit does, except read PDFs.

I also remind folks that open source OpenOffice has built-in creation, reading, and manipulation of PDFs.
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17 Feb 2011   #6
alansecker

XP 32
 
 

I'll try it. Thank you both. AS
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