Windows 11 now causing problems with printers, Microsoft details how it reduced update...


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In context: It's been a rocky start for Microsoft's latest revamp, Windows 11, to say the least. The OS has been subject to several issues in the past few weeks. While some have been patched, another one joins the lineup of problems the operating system is causing.

Brother, a Japanese firm that sells computer-related electronics, says that a substantial amount of its printers may not function correctly when used via a USB connection in Windows 11.

A help article (via BleepingComputer) warns that users updating to Windows 11 could prevent their system from identifying a Brother printer when connected through USB. Microsoft's latest revamp may also prevent a computer from changing printer settings or connecting more than a single printer when using a USB connection.

Brother says the issues affect a wide range of its products; in total, 92 printer models are experiencing problems with the operating system. In addition, any printer connected with USB might have trouble communicating with several printing utilities.

Brother said it's investigating the matter to find a solution. Microsoft has yet to acknowledge the printing issues for Brother's devices, but it has updated its known issues page for Windows 11, where it lists a similar state of affairs. Specifically, installation of printers might fail when attempted over some network connections, though this mainly impacts enterprises and organizations.

Custom printing properties might also not be correctly provided to print server clients, and finally, users may fail to install printers via Internet Printing Protocol (IPP). Microsoft is currently investigating the printing complications, and a patch is due for a "future update."

Printing difficulties aside, Microsoft recently released its first patch update for Windows 11. Although it fixes some compatibility issues, it made matters worse elsewhere by slowing down AMD CPUs more than the release build.

Elsewhere, in a rare piece of positive news for Microsoft's operating system, the company has detailed how it's managed to reduce update sizes by exactly 40 percent for the OS.

"With the fast pace of Windows security and quality fixes, distributing this large amount of updated content takes up substantial bandwidth," a Microsoft software engineer said. "Reducing this network transfer is critical for a great experience. Moreover, users on slower networks can struggle to keep their machines up to date with the latest security fixes if they cannot download the package."

"For versioned data systems requiring forward and reverse delta pairs, "reverse update data generation" provides a way of efficiently distributing the forward delta to the machine and having the machine maintain a path back to its original state. Microsoft has successfully employed this approach in Windows 11, providing a 40% reduction in update size. This benefits our customer base who will need to download less to remain up-to-date and secure," Microsoft explained in a summary.

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That's the one thing that's universally just plain bad the last year or so for Microsoft regardless of the OS: Windows and Printers just don't mix it seems. If I was working IPSEC for a company I would probably get them to buy a Raspberry PI for each printer, wired them only to that pi and set up an SMB share where the Pi monitors and prints, no direct network printing just dump your files to be printed on the share drive an hope that's good enough.

Uncle Al

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What is really amazing is that 20 years ago there were no problems with MicroSludge and printers. Maybe they need to go back and study the old code ...... oh wait, this is MicroSludge, they have at least 4-5 more attempts before the log it as another "undocumented feature" .......


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Why is windows 11 having so many issues? Windows 10 wasn't this bad at launch


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According to the Corollary to Murphy's Law, sooner or later, Microsoft will get something right. 🤣

Honestly, I am beginning to wonder whether Satya Nadella was a reject from Cirque du Soleil. 🤣

Tom Yum

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They might of reduced update size by 40%, but it seems they've increased update frequency by at least 100% with all these patches. Far out W11 has been a rocky ride.


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I am only waiting till the vbs issue is resolved. Not to worried about printers as I can also print off my phone anyways.
Once I see that it's resolved I will update. Might be this year but could next year. My comp is ready to go.


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How long have they been at this O/S thing over at microsoft? And they still can't roll out an O/S with working printer support?

Been on Linux on my main workstation for over 20 years, but always would test drive the new versions of windows. Windows 11, not even bothering anymore, I'm done.


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My wife tried printing from her Windows 10 PC the other day. It wouldn’t let her. She was getting frustrated because it keeps happening and the solution seems to be to reinstall the printer driver. Then there’s a Windows update and half the time it breaks again and if not, it’ll happen for sure during a subsequent update. This time, I told her to transfer the document to her MacBook and print from there. Problem solved. Heck, printing from my iPad works better than Windows 10. I’m so glad I’m not working IT support these days.


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The printers are worst pieces of IT hardware in existent and a new Windows release is usually one of the worst pieces of software in existence until it is fed dozens of patches. Together, they are something else entirely.