Windows 11 2022 Update Delayed For Some as Printer Issues Continue to Persist

Late last month Microsoft officially began the rollout of its Windows 11 2022 update. Representing the first major revision the operating system has seen since its release last November, however, I think it would be fair to say that, so far, it hasn’t gone entirely according to plan.

For example, one of the biggest issues reported by users following the update to Windows 11 2022 was an overall drop-off in gaming performance (higher than usual CPU load, random BSODs, etc.). – This even seemed to affect Nvidia graphics cards with fix being subsequently released to (hopefully) resolve the problem.

Following a report via PCW, however, it seems that Microsoft is now officially delaying the update for some users as the long-standing issues with printers is, once again, making an appearance!

Microsoft Delays Windows 11 2022 Update (For Some)

I daresay that more than a few of you are more than aware that many recent updates to Windows 10 and 11 have been causing pretty annoying problems when it comes to printer functionality. Problems that, alas, Microsoft has seemingly never got a good handle on. – While the rabbit hole is deep, the underlying issues always seem to remain the same; It predominantly affects wirelessly connected printers and specifically so in disabling certain key features (such as double-sided printing and even the option to print in colour!).

As part of this latest development, however, Microsoft is temporarily disabling the Windows 11 2022 update for users (with printers) who are currently utilising their fairly generic ‘Microsoft IPP Class’ or ‘Universal Print Class’ drivers. – Put simply, if you have these drivers installed and in use, Windows 11 shouldn’t allow you to make the update (well, unless you brute force it through!).

Time to Take Some Proactive Action?

Microsoft has applied the delay in the hope that they can fix the issue as part of the 2022 update so users who are currently having no problems with their printing devices will not be disrupted. – As we advised a little over a week ago though, if you are currently on Windows 11 without the 2022 update, it might be a fairly good idea, just for the moment, to put manually apply the brakes yourself. You can do this by going into your update settings and requesting an update pause for anything up to 5 weeks.

It just seems like a good idea given that, for the moment, the Windows 11 2022 update doesn’t appear to be entirely solid at the moment (not, incidentally, that many think any update from Microsoft is!).

What do you think though? – Let us know in the comments!

Mike Sanders

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