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Windows 10 breaks USB printers

by on26 July 2022

Because it can

Windows 10's latest update released on June 28, 2022, has a nasty habit of breaking USB printers.

The software King of the World has admitted the bug and said that there were two main symptoms of this Windows 10 bug.

Firstly Windows might show duplicate copies of printers installed on a device, commonly with a similar name and the suffix ‘Copy1’” The other bug is that applications that refer to the printer by a specific name cannot print.

The problem is being worked on for a future update, so for now the company has provided users with several workarounds until then.
Vole has provided these workarounds that might help resolve the issue:

Open the Settings app, navigate to “Bluetooth & devices”, and select “Printers & scanners”
If there appears to be a duplicate installation of an existing printer, such as with suffix "Copy1", confirm if printing works for this printer. This printer should operate as expected.
If there is a need to use the original printer installation and not the duplicate, right-click the duplicate printer, select "Printer properties" and select the "Ports" tab. Observe the port in use.
Open "Printer properties" on the original printer and select the "Ports" tab. From the list displayed, select the port option in use by the duplicate printer. If this original printer works normally, the duplicate copy printer can be removed.

If this does not work, swear agressively and:

Update the print driver for your device. 
If you already have the latest driver, consult the printer Manufacturer’s website for any device firmware updates
If you are still having issues, uninstalling and reinstalling your printer might help.
Turn off your printer and disconnect any cables
Open the Settings app, navigate to “Bluetooth & devices”, and select “Printers & scanners”
Select the affected printer and select the "Remove Device" option
Restart your device
Turn on your printer and reconnect it to your device
Analysis: Windows 11 isn’t the only OS plagued with issues

It makes a change not to be writing about Windows 11 problems, but to be fair Windows 10 has a history full of bugs, weaknesses, and feature breaking updates. Still, it could be worse, it could be an Apple.


Last modified on 26 July 2022
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