The default printer in the host computer changes when you logon using Remote Desktop?

Published: Feb 08, 2006
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Every time you logon to a remote computer using the Remote Desktop, the target computer may lose it's default printer setting.


To disable this behavior, use the following steps:

  1. Click Start, Run and type MSTSC
  2. Click Options in the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box
  3. Click the Local Resources tab.
  4. Uncheck Printers in the Local Devices box
  5. Click Connect

More Information

If a local printer is made available in a Remote Desktop session:

After you establish the remote connection and log on to the remote computer, the local printer that is connected to the client becomes the default printer on the remote desktop. If the client has more than one printer attached to it, the default printer for the computer becomes the default printer on the remote desktop.

For more information, see the following Microsoft Knowledgebase article:

How To Make a Local Printer Available During a Connection to a Remote Desktop