Windows 11 2022 Update is Now Blocked on PCs With Printing Issues

Posted on September 30, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Windows, Windows 11 with 12 Comments

Microsoft has identified new printing issues on the Windows 11 2022 Update that are serious enough to require an upgrade block on some PCs. Yesterday, the company announced that the compatibility hold will affect PCs experiencing connectivity issues with printers using Microsoft IPP Class Driver or Universal Print Class Driver (via Neowin).

When connectivity issues occur between Windows 11 PCs and printers using the aforementioned drivers, these printers will be stuck with default settings even when connectivity resumes. According to Microsoft, the connectivity problems will carry over after upgrading to the 2022 Update, which is why the company has put a safeguard in place.

“You might be affected by this issue if your printer is unable to use printer-specific features such as color, two-sided/duplex printing, paper size or type settings, or resolutions higher than 300x300dpi. Currently, installed printers in this state will carry this issue forward when upgraded to Windows 11, version 22H2,” Microsoft explained on the Windows 11 Health Dashboard.

As of today, Windows 11 users who really want to install the 2022 Update can either disconnect their printer or try to reinstall it. Microsoft also plans to mitigate this issue in an upcoming patch.

Microsoft made the first major update for Windows 11 available for eligible Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices last week. Once the 2022 Update is ready for your device, it will appear in Windows Update settings. If you don’t want to wait, you can also install the 2022 Update today with the Installation Assistant or Windows 11 installation media.

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