Microsoft fixes printing issues for all versions of Windows 10

Microsoft today released recent updates to know about the issue on multiple Windows 10 versions and also breaking printing after installing updates released on June 9, 2020. Users reported such printing problems on Reddit (1, 2, 3, and 4) and Microsoft Answers forums while using printers from Panasonic, Brother, Sonic and HP.

Microsoft reported the issue on June 12 which states that “print spooler might error or close unexpected when attempting to print.”

Customers “might also encounter issues with the apps you are attempting to print from, such as receiving an error, or the app might close unexpectedly,” and the issue “might also affect software-based printers, such as when printing to PDF.”

Fixes for all affected Windows versions

Additionally, several out of band optional updates are now available through Microsoft Update Catalog to bring back life printers which were unable to print after applying this month’s Patch’s Tuesday’s updates. Later, Microsoft released series of optional cumulative updates on June 16 to address the issue of Windows 10 versions 1909, 1903, 1803 and 1809.

Nowadays, Company published another collection of optional cumulative updates to solve printing issues on Windows 10 versions 2004, 1709, 1703 and 1507 as well as on Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2016. Thus, Microsoft recommends users to install these cumulative updates if their systems are affected with this known issue.

Available through the Microsoft Update Catalog

These Windows 10 updates are not available from Windows Update and will not download/install automatically. Standalone packages are available through Microsoft Update Catalog. The updates can also be imported into Windows Server Update Services by going through the instructions provided on Microsoft’s documentation site.

For instructions on how to install this update for your operating system, see the KB for your OS provided below:

  • Windows 10, version 2004 (KB4567523)
  • Windows 10, version 1909 (KB4567512)
  • Windows 10, version 1809 and Windows Server 2019 (KB4567513)
  • Windows 10, version 1803 (KB4567514)
  • Windows 10, version 1703 (KB4567516)
  • Windows 10, version 1607 and Windows Server 2016 (KB4567517)
  • Windows 10, version 1507 (KB4567518)
  • Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 (KB4567521)

Last week, Microsoft also acknowledge different bugs affecting USB printers that are still under investigation and cause printer port to disappear from the printer port lists on system running Windows 10 versions 1903 or later when printer gets disconnected while PC is shutting down.