Microsoft has officially marked a frustrating printer bug as resolved, and those people who were prevented from upgrading to Windows 11 22H2 due to the compatibility issue will no doubt be glad to hear about it.
You may remember this seriously problematic bug that surfaced in late September 2022, forcing printers back to their default settings. By default, a lot of important features weren’t available: we’re talking double-sided printing, higher resolutions, and maybe even color, which obviously could be a major hurdle.
The good news is that as neowin (opens in a new tab) detected, Microsoft officially marked the issue as resolved just a few days ago (November 18). In fact, the security lockdown devices that might encounter this bug were removed a week earlier, allowing those machines to upgrade to Windows 11 22H2, though the upgrade might still take a while.
At this point, however, any machine with a printer attached that might fall victim to this error should be able to go ahead and upgrade to 22H2 successfully without waiting.
Microsoft observed (opens in a new tab): “Any printers still affected by this issue should now be resolved automatically during upgrade to Windows 11, version 22H2.”
Analysis: A rocky road, sure
This has been a bit of a rocky road for those with an affected printer wanting to upgrade to Windows 11 22H2, of course, as the bug has persisted for quite some time. As noted, it was two months ago that it first came to our attention, so it hasn’t been a quick fix.
With many questions about the prevalence of Windows 10 bugs in the past, and now Windows 11 apparently continues to have a worrying number of issues in terms of quality assurance, the whole thing isn’t very good for Microsoft. Yes, we’ve beaten this drum many times, but we’ll continue to do so as long as errors like this printer-related gremlin, or other glitches like File Explorer crashing or slowing down Windows 11 PCs, continue to crop up all too often. to our liking.
If you’ve been suffering at the hands of a gremlin in the works with Microsoft’s latest operating system, be sure to check out our guide to solving common problems with Windows 11.