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Microsoft removes Windows 11 22H2 upgrade security protection related to printers

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PrintNightmare is a security hole in the Windows print spooler service. The printer spooler service handles print jobs and related protocols on server and client computers. Besides PrintNightmare, there are several printing-related issues plaguing Windows 11 and Windows 10, even with the latest 22H2 build. At the end of September this year, it was reported that adding printers has become a hassle for IT administrators and engineers after updating to Windows 2022 Update (version 22H2).

Later, Microsoft also recorded another printer error bug, that is, the printer settings were stuck in the default state. Therefore, Microsoft enforced compatibility safeguards and blocked feature updates for Windows 11 22H2. Microsoft has since addressed the issue and provided updated instructions.

October 7, 2022: This safeguard has been updated to only safeguard Windows devices using Microsoft IPP class drivers or Universal Print class drivers, which currently only allow default settings. Please note that without additional safeguards Affecting devices, it may take up to 48 hours for an upgrade to be offered to Windows 11. Restarting the device and checking for updates may help it be offered sooner.

October 21, 2022: A troubleshooter has been released that will automatically download and resolve this issue on affected devices running Windows 11 22H2. Once the issues with installed printers are fixed, the safeguard should be removed and users should be able to upgrade to Windows 11 version 22H2. Note that it may take up to 48 hours for an upgrade to Windows 11 to be available if no other safeguards affect the device. Restarting the device and checking for updates may help the troubleshooter apply faster.

November 10, 2022: Any printers still affected by this issue will now be automatically resolved when upgrading to Windows 11 version 22H2.  In addition to these, Windows has since had other printer-related issues, including domain user authentication printing failures, but to its credit, Microsoft did manage to fix a printer error bug on Windows 10 recently.

 


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