Fix: Printer Operation Could Not be Completed

Roll back to previous Windows updates to sort printer problems

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Using a printer on your Windows 11 can present the error Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000709), especially if you’ve recently made some Windows updates. 

Usually, it could just be an issue of the printer not being connected to the network, but sometimes, it’s beyond a connection issue. Let’s now have a closer look at what this error means and how to bypass it.

What does the Printer Operation could not be completed mean?

This common error can occur when printing a document, but it does not necessarily mean that your printer is broken. You may also get the sharing printer operation could not be completed (error 0x00000709) message when you attempt to share your printer over the network.

There are many reasons why the Printer operation could not be completed message can pop up on your screen, and here are some of them:

  • Default settings – If you let Windows manage the printer to use, in some cases, it might select the wrong printer as your default printer. Other times, the default printer keeps changing.
  • Problematic Windows update – Some users reported that this error showed up shortly after a recent Windows update. Sometimes, these updates alter your default settings.
  • Incorrect Registry settings – If your registry is corrupted or has missing entries, it may cause this error. Also, if you recently had a virus infection, it may have made some changes in your Registry, causing this error.
  • Faulty drivers – Your drivers play an important role in the proper functioning of your printer, so ensure they are always up-to-date.

How do I fix 0x00000709?

Check the following before proceeding to the slightly technical solutions:

1. Run the Printer troubleshooter

  1. Hit the Windows key and click on Settings.settings windows 11
  2. Select System on the left pane, then click Troubleshoot on the right.Open system troubleshooter
  3. Click on Other troubleshooters.other troubleshooters
  4. Find the Print troubleshooter and click the Run button next to it.printer-run windows cannot connect to the printer

2. Restart the Print Spooler service

  1. Hit the Windows + R keys to open the Run command.
  2. Type services.msc in the dialog box and hit services.msc command
  3. Locate the Print Spooler service, right-click on it, and select Stop.
  4. Right-click on it again, then select Start.start service

3. Update the Printer drivers

  1. Hit the Windows key, type Device Manager in the search bar, and click Open.device manager w11
  2. Navigate to Print queues, locate your printer, right-click on it, and select Update driver.
  3. Select Search automatically for updated drivers.
  4. Windows will find the most suitable driver and recommend you install it.

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4. Disable automatic printer management

  1. Hit the Windows key and click on Settings.settings windows 11
  2. Click on Bluetooth & devices, then select Printers & scanners.
  3. Scroll down to Printer preferences and toggle off the Let Windows manage my default printer option.

5. Set the default printer

  1. Hit the Windows + R keys to open the Run command.
  2. Type regedit in the dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  3. Navigate to the following location: Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows
  4. Locate LegacyDefaultPrinterMode, double-click on it, and under Value data, enter 1.Windows 7 default printer keeps changing to Adobe PDF

Remember to create a backup of your Registry to be on the safe side should anything go wrong when modifying the Registry.

6. Uninstall recent Windows updates

  1. Hit the Windows key and select Settings.settings windows 11
  2. Click on Windows Update and select Update history on the right pane.update-history restart to repair drive errors
  3. Scroll down, and under Related settings, click on Uninstall updates.uninstall-updates-w11 computer-recognize-logitech-unifying-receiver
  4. This will take you to the most recent installed updates.
  5. Select the topmost update and click on Uninstall.uninstall-update-latest computer-recognize-logitech-unifying-receiver
  6. Restart your PC and check if the problem persists.

And that’s how to solve the Printer Operation could not be completed error. You may also run into another printer-related issue where the printer is not printing the actual size. If so, feel free to check out our detailed article on maneuvering this issue.

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