If you are having trouble with your print server clients after installing Windows 11 on your PC, you are not alone. Microsoft has recognized various bugs that prevent Windows 11 machines from installing printers in corporate networks. (via Bleeping Computer).
The company claims that the first printing problem was discovered in Windows PCs accessing printers through HTTP connections. “When a client connects to the server to install the printer, a directory mismatch occurs, which causes the installation files to be generated incorrectly. Therefore, the drivers may not be downloaded, ”Microsoft wrote on the Windows Health Dashboard.
Apart from this, Microsoft has confirmed that the second issue specifically affects organizations that attempt to install printers through Internet Printing Protocol (IPP). These bugs affect many client and server versions of Windows, and you can find the full list of known systems on this page.
Finally, there is also a third known issue that can cause print servers to print with default settings only. “This problem is the result of an incorrect construction of the data file that contains the printer properties. Clients who receive this data file will not be able to use the contents of the file and will proceed to the default print settings instead. Servers that use the default print settings and do not have custom settings to provide to clients are not affected, ”the company explained.
Fortunately, the Redmond giant is actively investigating the aforementioned bugs and plans to release a fix for Windows 11 users in an upcoming update. To work around this issue, Microsoft has recommended that IT administrators manually copy the supplied drivers or change printer settings on affected Windows 11 machines. However, people running older versions of Windows can install the October Patch Tuesday cumulative updates to resolve these printing issues.
In case you missed it, Brother recently confirmed that its various printer models are having issues with Windows 11 when connected via a USB cable. The company is currently investigating the issue and has advised users to avoid USB connections.
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