Nice to see the deed done. Pun always intended. It was last weekend that Microsoft acknowledged a pesky little print spooler bug that caused Windows to fail to print.
The glitch not only broke down physical printers, but also virtual printers that people used to compile PDF files and so on.
This was an issue that affected pretty much all supported versions of the OS — save for Windows 10 version 1511. Earlier this week, the software titan released new cumulative updates to fix this problem on versions 1909, 1903, 1809, and 1803.
But that still meant everyone else, including those rocking the latest version of the operating system, were left out.
Today, this fix lands as KB4567523.
Microsoft details it as:
“Addresses an issue that might prevent certain printers from printing. The print spooler might generate an error or close unexpectedly when attempting to print, and no output will come from the affected printer. You might also encounter issues with the apps you are attempting to print from, such as receiving an error, or the app might close unexpectedly. This issue might also affect software-based printers, such as when printing to PDF.”
Interestingly, it’s not shipping automatically to all devices running Windows 10 version 2004, but is only available as a manual download from the Microsoft Update Catalog. Meaning, this patch is not available for all devices, but only those users that need it.
These fixes will, most likely, be included in the next set of cumulative updates that ship as part of the July 2020 Patch Tuesday cycle.
But if you want it, you can manually download and apply this fix.
It will increase your OS build number to 19041.331, though. And this means that the easiest way to tell if this bug fix is installed on a machine that handles printing duties is by checking the version number by typing the winver command in Run.