Microsoft officially blocks Windows 11 22H2 updates

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Key notes

  • Microsoft has immediately blocked all upgrades to Windows 11 version 22H2.
  • Apparently, the 2022 update brought a lot more issues than initially expected.
  • Windows 10 users, or people with the initial Windows 11 release are not affected.

We’re pretty sure you know that, a few days ago, the Redmond-based tech company launched the first major update for Windows 11.

Called the 2022 update, or version 22H2, this update did not come without any issues. In fact, right from the start, users were reporting installation issues.

There have also been some problems for users with Nvidia GPUs, but Microsoft has since released a fix for that.

And, the previous OS, which is Windows 10, will also receive its very own version 22H2, but Microsoft said it is coming in October.

But wait, there’s more. Now, Microsoft has halted all Windows 11 version 22H2 updates because there are too many issues and something must be done.

Microsoft confirms major printing issues in the 2022 update

The tech giant seems to have bad luck when it comes to printing issues and bugs in the Windows operating system.

After updating to Windows 11 2022 Update, a lot of users started reporting major problems and their printers disappearing from the networks, and now Microsoft has confirmed yet another problem.

After reading the latest post in the official Windows 11 Health Dashboard documentation, we’ve learned that the situation is even worse than we initially thought.

In fact, systems running Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2) can encounter 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.

And once the connection is restored, a bug prevents Windows from printing color, two-sided or duplex printing, paper size and type settings, resolutions, and so forth.

Lately, there have been a lot of printer-related problems, so users will not be happy to see Windows 11 2022 Update crippling even more printing features.

Know that the company has applied a compatibility hold, which means that affected systems will not get Windows 11 2022 Update until Microsoft has a solution for the problem.

According to Microsoft, this safeguard currently blocks the update on all computers using the Microsoft IPP Class Driver or Universal Print Class Driver.

This means that you will not get the Windows 11 2022 Update, even if your printer works fine, just so you know.

Meanwhile, the company is working on more accurate targeting and will provide more information in the future. There is, however, a temporary workaround.

What can I do to prevent this from happening?

Microsoft stated that, in order to mitigate the safeguard and allow your Windows device to upgrade to Windows 11 22H2, you can remove any printers using Microsoft IPP Class Driver or Universal Print Class Driver that you have installed.

And, once you’ve removed any affected installed printers, you should be able to upgrade to Windows 11, version 22H2 (2022 update).

Keep in mind that, 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.

You should also be aware of the fact that restarting your device and checking for updates might actually help it to offer sooner.

Also consider the fact that, if you have an installed printer that only allows default settings, you can mitigate this issue by removing and reinstalling the printer.

We should also mention that the bug affects only client versions of Windows 11 2022 Update (2022), so users of the initial release or Windows 10 users should not worry about it.

Have you also been affected by this issue? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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