Ryu Connor wrote:That's all you need to do to cut it off.
Okay, thanks. Hopefully that's the end of the problem.
Ryu Connor wrote:It also asked you during the OS install if you wanted automatic driver install or not - more specifically at the OoBE phase.
It may have, but if so I was unaware of the implications. Windows has offered some variation of "install drivers automatically" when detecting new PnP hardware since 1995. This is the first time I have seen any version of Windows grab and install a complete software package without even notifying the user that it was doing so, let alone requesting permission to modify the system. Suddenly, I pine deeply for a Vista-grade UAC experience.
Windows 8 (and 7) should support network location aware printing. Moving to a different network with a different common printer you use should see a change in the default printer.
Perhaps, but since the printer on my usual network is an old-as-dirt, non-bidirectional LaserJet 4L running as an IP printer via a TrendNet print server, Windows wouldn't know whether it was online or not. But the 4L was very definitely the default printer before the Epson was autoinstalled, and Windows should have been able to tell that the Epson was nowhere nearby at the time when I discovered this problem.