Microsoft KB Archive/102660

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Article ID: 102660

Article Last Modified on 10/31/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q102660

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When connecting to a printer in Print Manager, you may receive the following error message:

Could not connect to the printer: The remote procedure call failed and did not execute.


This error message is caused by the default printer entry in the Registry database not updating properly if multiple printers have been added or removed.

NOTE: To locate the default printer information in the Registry, use the Registry Editor (REGEDT32.EXE) to find the following registry key:

   Default:REG_SZ:\\printer share\printer name


To eliminate the error message, choose OK in the message box, then log off and log on to the system.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT version 3.1 and Windows NT Advanced Server version 3.1. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.


Steps to Reproduce Problem

  1. Remove all printers from Print Manager by choosing Remove Printer from the Printer menu.
  2. Log off and log on to the machine.
  3. In Print Manager, install a network printer by choosing Connect To Printer from the Printer menu.
  4. Log off and log on to the machine.
  5. Open Print Manager and choose Remove Printer from the Printer menu.
  6. Connect to another printer, different from the first printer added in step 3.

The above error message will appear.

Additional query words: prodnt rpc

Keywords: kbprint KB102660