Microsoft warns of new printing issues following update – ICT news

Anyone who installs the optional preview update may experience printing problems again. An update launched last year by Microsoft to fix these problems, has indeed been rolled back in the new version, according to the company.

The problem that Microsoft is now warning about manifests itself in Windows Server. Users of different versions of Windows Server had observed in June last year that some printers stopped working after a security update of their Windows domain controller. This was due to the security code of these devices, which was not (any longer) compatible with Windows Server. It was more specifically about printers on which it is first necessary to prove its identity by means of a smart card.

A patch was supposed to fix the problem last year. But in the current update, this (seemingly temporary) code is being rolled back. From now on, Microsoft therefore requires the use of printers with the appropriate certifications and support. This may cause problems with non-compatible scanners and printers. The temporary patch is currently being removed in an optional update, but users of nearly all versions of Windows Server will receive the same update in the next Patch Tuesday, August 9, 2022.

Nightmare in print

The current code is an offshoot of last year’s problems, when users of multiple versions of Windows fell prey to all sorts of crashes and flaws. In March, an update to Windows 10, for example, caused the operating system to crash when using a network printer.

In July, a ‘zero-day’ flaw manifested in the Windows Print Spooler, allowing remote code execution on various Windows devices. It is likely that the enhanced security measures taken by Microsoft in response will cause some printers to no longer be usable.

The problem that Microsoft is now warning about manifests itself in Windows Server. Users of different versions of Windows Server had observed in June last year that some printers stopped working after a security update of their Windows domain controller. This was due to the security code of these devices, which was not (any longer) compatible with Windows Server. It was more specifically about printers on which it is first necessary to prove its identity by means of a chip card. A patch was supposed to correct the problem last year. But in the current update, this (seemingly temporary) code is being rolled back. From now on, Microsoft therefore requires the use of printers with the appropriate certifications and support. This may cause problems with non-compatible scanners and printers. The temporary patch is currently being removed in an optional update, but users of nearly all versions of Windows Server will receive the same update in the next Patch Tuesday, August 9, 2022. The current code is an offshoot of issues with last year, when users of multiple versions of Windows fell prey to all sorts of crashes and flaws. In March, an update to Windows 10, for example, caused the operating system to crash when using a network printer. In July, a ‘zero-day’ flaw appeared in the Windows Print Spooler , allowing remote code execution on various Windows devices. It is likely that the enhanced security measures taken by Microsoft in response will cause some printers to no longer be usable.

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