Printer go, kaput? A newly discovered printer bug in Windows 10 goes deep, affecting the last three versions of the operating system. And it breaks USB printer connections.
The OS is already suffering from quite a list of known issues that plague its latest release.
And some that have not even been documented.
However, the software titan is well aware of this latest problem, and has shared the causes of this latest Windows 10 bug. Redmond also promised a fix, confirming that it is working on resolving this problem with a future update.
Anyway, as noted:
“When you start Windows again the USB printer port will not be available in the list of printer ports. Windows will not be able to complete any task that requires that port.”
This problem affects Windows 10 version 1903 and later versions of the operating system. Meaning, if you are running the May 2019 Update or higher, you may encounter this pesky little issue that will have your USB printer port go missing if your printer is disconnected when you shut down Windows.
The company has provided a workaround for this problem.
And that involves connecting a powered-on USB printer before starting Windows. This is something that may not be practical for laptop users. So, their best bet is to wait for the company to resolve this issue at its root.
Of course, seeing as this is a bug that affects the very latest version of the OS, the May 2020 Update, also known as version 2004, it just may be another reason to delay your upgrade for a bit.