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The default printer setting may change after you install a Windows Vista service pack on a Windows Vista-based computer

Support for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) ends on July 12, 2011. To continue receiving security updates for Windows, make sure you're running Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (SP2). For more information, refer to this Microsoft web page: Support is ending for some versions of Windows.
SYMPTOMS
After you install a Windows Vista service pack on a Windows Vista-based computer, the default printer may change to Microsoft XPS Document Writer. Additionally, when you try to do a print job, you are asked to save the print job as a file.

This problem occurs most frequently if you had set a network printer as the default printer.
CAUSE
This problem occurs because many device drivers are reinstalled during the installation of a Windows Vista service pack. This can cause the default printer setting to be changed.
RESOLUTION
To resolve this problem, set the default printer manually. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click StartStart button, type Control printers in the Start Search box, and then click Control Printers in the Programs list.
  2. Right-click the printer that you want to use, and then click Set as Default Printer. A check mark on the printer icon indicates that the printer is now the default printer.
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Article ID: 949321 - Last Review: 06/10/2011 13:28:00 - Revision: 2.1

Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows Vista Service Pack 2

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