Hot off the broken press - Windows 10 and 11 updates break network printing

Earlier this month, we reported that Windows 11 receives its first Patch Tuesday update. In the ongoing issues experienced by the latest Microsoft updates to Windows, Microsoft has reported that after installing Windows 10 KB5006670 and Windows 11 KB5006674 updates customers are experiencing network printing issues. Both of these updates were released this month on October 12th with this month’s “Patch Tuesday”.

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Microsoft noted that printers that are shared via Windows print servers may receive numerous errors that prevent them from utilizing network printing. Some of the errors include:

0x000006e4 (RPC_S_CANNOT_SUPPORT)
0x0000007c (ERROR_INVALID_LEVEL)
0x00000709 (ERROR_INVALID_PRINTER_NAME)

Microsoft iterated that both client and server Window platforms are experiencing these errors, and it is specifically targeting print servers found in enterprises and organizations. In particular, these updates seem to impact the installation of printers using Internet Printing Protocol (IPP).

A temporary workaround is being provided by Microsoft, although it applies only to print clients that had installed a Windows update that released on or after January 2021 prior to the print server installing the October 2021 updates. If these prerequisites are met, Microsoft details the temporary measures customers can take to remedy the issue.

Although Microsoft current says a fix is on the way, users have been experiencing printing related issues for the past 2 weeks.

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