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Adobe Reader Error Message: Before you can perform print-related tasks… you need to install a printer.

Before you can perform print-related tasks such as page setup or printing a document, you need to install a printer.

I keep getting the following annoying error message when trying to print from Adobe Reader 9.

Before you can perform print-related tasks such as page setup or printing a document, you need to install a printer.

Adobe has a knowledgebase article on the exact problem and describes the solution to it. It does fix the issue, however in a couple of days the error message simply reappears. I’ve included the temporary fix below, but I would like know the REAL fix to this frustrating issue. If you know of a method to fix it for good, please let me know.[ad#Adsense Centered]

  1. Select Start > Control Panel > Printers and Faxes (Windows XP) or Start > Control Panel > Printers (Windows Vista).
  2. Look for a default printer, which is designated by a green check mark.
    * If there is a default printer, right-click on a different printer and select Set As Default Printer.
    * If there is no default printer, right-click on your printer and select Set As Default Printer.

You can also refer to the following screen shots for more help.

No Default Printer Selected

How to Set Default Printer

Default Printer Selected

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