UPDATE ONE: Microsoft has now released a new cumulative update for Windows 10 that should remedy the printing issues some fans were experiencing with the operating system.
Our original story follows below…
ORIGINAL STORY: Microsoft released the KB4522016 cumulative update for Windows 10 at the tail end of last month. The upgrade was designed primarily to improve the security of the firm’s Internet Explorer browser.
However, the software has also inadvertently caused problems for Windows 10 fans wanting to print documents from their machine.
As detailed in a Microsoft post, it seems the KB4522016 update can cause “intermittent issues” the attempting to print.
Explaining the issue, the Redmond firm said: “The print spooler service may intermittently have issues completing a print job and may result in a print job being canceled or failing.
“Some apps may close or error when the print spooler fails and you may receive a remote procedure call error (RPC error) from some printing utility or printing apps.”
Affected machines include those running the May 2019 Update, the October 2019 Update and even earlier editions of Windows 10.
Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SPI are also suffering from the issue, assuming the latest update has been downloaded.
Although Microsoft has said it’s working on a permanent fix for the latest issue with Windows 10, it’s also suggested a workaround for the time being.
Those suffering from the problem in question are advised to retrying a print, if this doesn’t work a PC restart is advised.
The American tech giant said: “Retrying to print may allow you to print successfully. If retrying does not allow you to print, you may also need to restart your device.
“If your device is using a v4 print driver and a v3 driver is available, you can also try installing the v3 driver as a workaround.”
This isn’t the first time a Windows 10 cumulative update has caused frustration for some Microsoft fans.
Back in August the firm released the KB4512941 upgrade that unexpectedly caused the firm’s virtual assistant, Cortana, to take up extreme amounts of CPU usage.
In fact, some fans claimed the virtual helper was taking up as much as 90 percent of their CPU.
Moreover, the software also effectively broke Windows 10’s Taskbar, some users reported at the time.