How to fix “operation could not be completed 0x00000709” on windows

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The error “operation could not be completed 0x00000709” is common when you are trying to add a network printer to your device. Unfortunately, this error may be straight from your device not being able to add the network printer. Maybe the two devices you are trying to connect are not compatible with each other in terms of software architecture. The first step in solving this error shall be, double-check the printer name and ensure that the printer is already connected to the network.

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Causes of error 0x00000709

This scenario happens due to a glitch that occurs in the registry settings. The registry keys prioritize the previous printer driver as the default one and prevent you from setting the current driver as default.

it’s a common occurrence in Windows 7, 8, and 10 operating systems. Once you’ve encountered this error, don’t get really freaked out. Just make a few changes in the settings or of the registry and you will be good to go.

Fix for Operation could not be completed 0x00000709 error

Troubleshooting may be another immediate solution to such an error after ensuring that the printer is well connected. However, it is always advisable to first backup the windows Registry before attempting to do any manual modification of the printer settings. I will show you how easily you can do this in the simplest steps.

operation could not be completed 0x00000709 message
  • Press down R key and Windows key simultaneously
  • Type in regedit in the Run dialog box.
run regedit
  • In the User Access Control box, allow to run Registry Editor as Administrator, by clicking Yes.
  • Click File in Registry Editor window
  • Click Export, name the backup Registry file and then Save it. Click HKEY_CURRENT_USER, expand Software folder, and look for Microsoft.
  • Click to expand Windows NT then choose Windows folder again. Right-click on the REG key named Device to the right side of the Windows Registry Editor
  • Choose Modify from the context menu that pops up.
  • At this stage, it’s time to assign the name of your default printer device you want to configure in Windows PC.
  • Take note to leave the string of text following the printer name as they are, do not edit anything else.
  • If Windows sends a prompt showing Cannot Edit Device, click OK, right click on Windows folder to the left side of the Registry Editor
  • Select Permissions to expand it. This will launch Permissions for Windows dialog box.
  • In the same window dialogue, select Full Control option under the heading titled Permissions for Everyone.


If the above-listed steps cannot resolve this error, you can try to run the printer as an administrator and see if it will work for you.

  • Click on the Start button
  • Search for Devices and Printers and open it on the Control Panel. Once the Devices and Printers opens up on screen, right-click the printer name and choose See What’s Printing.
  • Choose Open As Administrator in the print queue window and choose Set as Default Printer in the next menu that reveals itself.