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Setting a default printer in Windows 10

Windows 10 is by far the most personalized Windows so far, most of its personalization comes from him learning our habits on computers and setting future experiences taking them into account. One of these things that Windows likes to set for us is also the default printer. The default printer is set as one which is most used but sometimes we do not want that, we might like to use another printer as default despite Windows choosing one for us. Never worry, setting default printer is easy and this guide will take you to step by step journey of how you can do it in 5 min on your personal computer. Let us begin:

First thing is to click on the windows icon on the bottom left and open start menu, from start menu click once on settings.

Windows 10 Star menu with marked settings iconWhen the settings window opens, choose DEVICES on it.

Windows settings with marked devices sectionOnce the device window opens, click once on printers and scanners, and on the right window go to the bottom and uncheck Let windows manage my default printer.

Windows settings for printerUnchecking that box will let Windows know that we do not wish anymore for him to set our default printers according to their use. Once the checkbox is clear go up to your printer list and click on the printer you wish to use as the default one. I will choose Microsoft Print to PDF as my default printer and click on it. Once the printer is clicked option menu will appear.

Windows settings manage printerWhen the option menu appears under the printer name, click on Manage which will take you to the printer management screen. When you are on the manage screen, click on the Set as default button, and you are done.

Windows settings printer setting

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Option 2 – Update or uninstall third-party security program

As mentioned, the VIDEO_DXGKRNL_FATAL_ERROR Blue Screen error might be caused by a third-party security program that’s installed on your computer. So you have to either update it or uninstall it to resolve the issue.

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Option 4 – Reinstall the Graphics card drivers

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Option 5 – Try checking if there are any BIOS updates available for your PC

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Step 1 – Enable IIS:

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  • After that, select “Web Management Tools” and expand its menu and look for “IIS Management Console”.
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Step 2 – Configure the MP4 MIME type in IIS:

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Option 1 – Update or reinstall the Universal Serial Bus Controller driver

Since it could be a driver issue, you can try to update or reinstall the Universal Serial Bus Controller drivers using the Device Manager. Refer to the following steps:
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Option 2 – Try checking the Volume Shadow Copy and Windows Backup services

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Option 4 – Try to run System File Checker or SFC scan

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Option 2 – Try to fix the User Profile

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Option 3 – Run the DISM tool

You can try running the Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management or DISM tool to fix the “No such interface supported” error. Using this built-in tool, you have various options such as the “/ScanHealth”, “/CheckHealth”, and “/RestoreHealth”.
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  • Then type in the following commands and make sure to hit Enter right after you type each one of them:
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  • Do not close the window if the process takes a while as it will probably take a few minutes to finish. Once it’s done, restart your computer.

Option 4 – Try to re-register the problematic DLL file

You may have to re-register the ntdll.dll file using the regsvr32.exe before you can successfully install the program and fix the error. The Regsvr32 tool is a command-line utility that can be used to register and unregister OLE controls like DLL and ActiveX (OCX) controls in the Windows operating system. Follow the steps below to use it.
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  • Next, type the following command in the elevated Command Prompt and hit Enter to execute it. This will re-register the affected DLL file using the Windows operating system tool, regsvr32.exe.
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  • After you execute the given command, you should see a message saying, “DllRegisterServer in vbscript.dll succeeded” if the Regsvr32 tool was able to run successfully. If it didn’t work, you can try to execute this command instead: FOR /R C: %G IN (*.dll) DO "%systemroot%system32regsvr32.exe" /s "%G"
  • Once it’s done, restart your computer.
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