If at first you don't succeed, try and try again. That's exactly what Microsoft did after releasing a fix, er, attempted fix for a printer bug that plagued a sizable portion of Windows 10 users.
The initial patch, which we reported on last week, was pulled after users complained about various issues when attempting to print. Those errors include missing or solid color graphics, misalignment/formatting issues, or printing of blank pages and labels.
Those problems are admittedly not as severe as the original issue with the March 2021 cumulative update, which resulted in what is not-so-affectionally named the Blue Screen of Death, or when a system issue is so severe it causes a complete failure.
Microsoft resolved those printer errors with a broken patch and is now fixing that attempted repair with another update. The latest out-of-band optional update is now available on the Microsoft Update Catalog and on Windows Update, though Microsoft only recommends installing it if you're facing some of the aforementioned issues.
Install the Windows 10 printer error patch
Below is a list of steps to take to get the latest patch and (hopefully) fix any recurring printer errors for good.
- Type 'Windows Update Settings' in the main Windows 10 search bar.
- From this page, choose 'View Update History.'
- If KB5001649 isn't installed, go back and choose 'Check for updates' (you may need to start your system if pending updates are in a queue).
- Find KB5001649 under 'Optional quality update available' and choose 'Download and install.'
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Phillip Tracy is the assistant managing editor at Laptop Mag where he reviews laptops, phones and other gadgets while covering the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News covering 5G and IoT. When he's not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, traveling or watching soccer.