How To Fix Error 0x00000709 on Windows 11

How to Fix Error 0x00000709 on Windows 11

Are you having Error 0x00000709 with the message Operation could not be completed? It is a common issue that many Windows users are facing. This situation can often arise from issues with setting or changing default printers. 

In this article, we’ll go through each step of how to fix this error so you can get back to using Windows 11 without any problems.

How Do I Fix Error 0x00000709

Error 0x00000709 is a printer error issue that usually happens when you try to change Windows 11’s default printer. It appears because the operating system doesn’t know how to switch to the new printer. It can be very annoying, but don’t worry; we have the answers you need to deal with this problem head-on.

Before going through the detailed methods, we suggest you do these quick steps:

  • Restart Windows: Sometimes, simply restarting your device can fix this error. So reboot and check if this error persists.
  • Run the Printer Troubleshooter: Windows 11 comes with built-in troubleshooters for various issues, including printer problems. Try running this troubleshooter to fix it.

After performing the quick steps, you can follow the detailed solutions below to fix the error you are encountering.

1. Edit Local Group Policy Editor

When you edit the Local Group Policy Editor in Windows, you can change many settings and setups of the system. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Press the Win + R keys to open the Run Dialog Box.
  2. Then, type the following command and press Enter: gpedit.msc
    gpedit.msc run command
  3. Now, navigate to Administrative Templates > Printers > Configure RPC connection settings.
    Administrative Templates Printers Configure RPC connection settings group policy
  4. Enable it if it’s Disabled or Not Configured.
  5. Lastly, select RPC over named pipes from the dropdown and click OK.
    RPC over named pipes printer group policy
  6. Lastly, Restart your device.

2. Use the Registry Editor

If you don’t do it right, making changes to the Windows Registry can be dangerous. Proceed with caution and follow these steps properly:

  1. Open the Run dialog box like before.
  2. Then, type the following command and press Enter: regedit
    regedit command in terminal
  3. Now, navigate to the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\RPC
    HKEY LOCAL MACHINESoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindows NTPrintersRPC
  4. On the right side, there should be a file named RpcUseNamedPipeProtocol. Now, open it. 

[Note: If you don’t see it, then right-click on an empty space and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it RpcUseNamedPipeProtocol].
New DWORD (32 bit) Value

  1. Two values need to be configured:
    RpcOverTcp (default) – set it to 0.
    RpcOverNamedPipes – set it to 1.
    RpcOverTcp (default)
  2. When you are done, close the Registry Editor.
  3. Lastly, Restart your device.

3. Reset Printer Spooler Service

Error 0x00000709 can sometimes happen when there are problems with the Windows Print Spooler service. Here’s how you can reset it:

  1. Open the Run dialog box like before.
  2. Then, type the following command and press Enter: services.msc
    openning service window Windows 11
  3. Now, locate Print Spooler in the list of services.
    Print Spooler in services
  4. Right-click on Print Spooler and select Stop.
    stop Print Spooler in services
  5. Once it’s stopped, right-click on it again and select Start.
    start Print Spooler in services
  6. Close the Services window and check if the error persists.

4. Change the printer name in Registry Editor.

Sometimes, error 0x00000709 can happen when the name of the printer in Registry Editor is wrong. To change the printer name in Registry Editor, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Run dialog box like before.
  2. Then, type the following command and press Enter: regedit
  3. Now, navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers\PRINTER_NAME
    HKEY LOCAL MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlPrintPrinters
  4. Now, Replace PRINTER_NAME with the name of your printer.
  5. Right-click on the Name value and select Modify.
    clicking on modify of printer name
  6. Change the value to a new printer name.
    changing printer name
  7. Click OK.
  8. Close Registry Editor.

Lastly, Restart your device.

Extra Steps Fix Error 0x00000709:

If the above methods don’t work for you, try these additional steps:

  • Update Printer Drivers: Outdated or incompatible printer drivers can also lead to Error 0x00000709. For this, check out How To Update Drivers on Windows 11.
  • If the above methods don’t work for you, seek professional help or Microsoft Assistance.

Error 0x00000709 on Windows 11 can be annoying, but you should be able to fix it and set your default printer by following the steps in this article. When changing the Windows Registry, be careful and make sure your printer drivers are always up to date.

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Hasibul Kabir is the founder of TechClassy. He is a Tech Blogger, Web Developer & Hobbyist Game Developer. He loves to write on technology, mainly Windows, macOS, iOS, etc.


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