Microsoft's Patch Tuesday update for March, which was released on the 9th of the month, introduced several printer-related problems, including in some cases a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), when trying to print as a result of driver conflicts. The company was quick to acknowledge the issues and also provided a temporary workaround for the problem. A few days later on March 15, Microsoft released an official out-of-band cumulative update to fix the issues causing such BSODs.
Today, the firm is releasing more such updates related to printers, although this time these updates are meant to resolve problems and errors related to printing graphical content and such, which were potentially also introduced with the March 9 Patch Tuesday update.
Here's how Microsoft describes the newly identified problem:
Affected devices might receive unexpected results when printing from some apps or to some printers. Issues might include missing or solid color graphics, misalignment/formatting issues, or printing of blank pages/labels.
The updates should be available - as optional - to users on Windows 10 versions 1507, 1607, 1803, 1809, 1909, 2004, 20H2, and Insiders on 21H1, but Microsoft recommends you to proceed with the update only if you're affected by the problem. The list of updates with their corresponding compatible Windows version is given below:
- Windows 10, version 20H2 and Windows Server, version 20H2 (KB5001649)
Windows 10, version 2004 and Windows Server, version 2004 (KB5001649)
Windows 10, version 1909 and Windows Server, version 1909 (KB5001648)
Windows 10, version 1809 and Windows Server 2019 (KB5001638)
Windows 10, version 1803 (KB5001634)
Windows 10, version 1607 and Windows Server 2016 (KB5001633)
Windows 10, version 1507 (KB5001631)
Microsoft says that more updates for the remaining affected versions of Windows will also be releasing very soon. To update, you can either go to the Windows settings' Update & Security section and look for the optional updates, or you can also visit the Windows Update Catalog website and download the particular update version compatible with your OS version.