Windows changes my printer ports. Help!?

Windows 10 (and presumably Windows 11 as well) has the very annoying ‘feature’ of thinking it can manage your printer better than you can yourself.

If you printer stops working for some inexplicable reason, then the changes are great that Windows had decided to change your printer port to a WSD port, even if you installed it with an IP port.

To avoid this behaviour, delete the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Monitors\WSD Port



Activate the Master Control Panel (AKA God Mode)

What is this? MCP adds an icon to your desktop that gives you near instant access to nearly every Windows setting available.

Activating this is really simple: just create a new folder on your desktop (right-click and select New -> Folder), and name it “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”

This will create a new folder with the following icon:

Double-clicking this icon will open a list of settings.