Windows 11 22H2 printer bug has been officially fixed

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If you are one of those people that follow Windows news pretty regularly, you are probably aware of the PrintNightmare saga.

This security vulnerability in the Windows print spooler service is a serious matter, as this service handles print jobs and related protocols on servers and client PCs.

You can now, however, breathe a sigh of relief and focus on more important things, as it has been fixed, according to Microsoft.

Upgrades to Windows 11 22H2 are safe again

Keep in mind that outside of PrintNightmare too, there have been several printing-related issues that have bugged Windows 11, as well as Windows 10, and version 22H2 has been no exception.

If you want to be more aware of the problems that this newer version of Windows 11 has, check out our dedicated Windows 11 22H2 bug article.

Back in September, IT admins and engineers were dealing with problems when adding printers after an update to the 2022 update (version 22H2).

Not long after, Microsoft also documented another printer bug where the printer settings stuck on default.

Systems that were already updated and are running Windows 11 2022 (22H2) had problems detecting all the features in printers using Microsoft IPP Class Driver or Universal Print Class Driver.

That being said, if the operating system cannot connect to the printer, it automatically defaults to a standard feature set.

As a result, the Redmond company forced a compatibility safeguard and blocked the 22H2 feature update.

What’s important right now is the fact that the tech giant has since resolved the problem and has also provided an updated timeline for the issue.

  • November 10, 2022: Any printer still affected by this issue should now get resolved automatically during upgrade to Windows 11, version 22H2.
  • October 21, 2022: A troubleshooter has been released which will automatically download and resolve this issue on affected devices running Windows 11, version 22H2. Once the issue with the installed printer is resolved, the safeguard should be removed and you should be able to upgrade to Windows 11, version 22H2. Please note, if there are no other safeguards that affect your device, it can take up to 48 hours before the upgrade to Windows 11 is offered. Restarting your device and checking for updates might help the troubleshooter apply sooner. For more information, see keeping your device running smoothly with recommended troubleshooting.
  • November 10, 2022: Any printer still affected by this issue should now get resolved automatically during upgrade to Windows 11, version 22H2.

Apart from these, other printer-related problems have also come up since, which include printing fails with domain user authentications, though to the credit of Microsoft, it also did manage to fix a printer bug on Windows 10 recently.

It seems like the PrintNightmare saga is coming to an end, which can only bring joy into the hearts of people that had to struggle with it.

There are plenty of articles related to the issue, so you should have enough information about everything that has transpired.

Have you experienced any of the problems mentioned in this article? Let us know in the comments section below.

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