Forbes reports how Windows 10’s quality control problem is now the talk of the internet after an ex-employee blew the whistle on why updates have become so buggy. And here’s another problem you need to know about. 

Picked up by BleepingComputer, Microsoft has posted an update to Windows Docs warning users that the KB4522016 update it released late last month has the nasty side-effect of breaking print capabilities across all versions of Windows 10. The update had been released to patch a security vulnerability. 

“The print spooler service may intermittently have issues completing a print job and may result in a print job being cancelled or failing,” Microsoft wrote: “Some apps may close or error when the print spooler fails and you may receive a remote procedure call error (RPC error) from some printing utility or printing apps.” 

Windows 10 is facing new update problemsSTEVE KOTECKI

Microsoft also confirmed that Windows Server was impacted. 

In response, Microsoft has released out of band security updates, cumulative updates, and monthly rollup updates to address the issue, describing it as “a required security update”. Impacted users who want to manually install the update can get it from the Microsoft Update Catalog. It also includes a fix for a critical zero-day vulnerability discovered in Internet Explorer. 

Needless to say, the biggest fear for some users will be that this latest fix doesn’t cause more problems than it solves. After all, in the last month alone Windows 10 updates have broken Search, the Start Menu and caused USB and audio problems as well as screen discolouration, spiking CPU usage and breaking Internet connectivity.  

The good news is Microsoft has taken steps to categorise its updates so users can better pick and choose what they install. It’s far from a magic bullet (especially as the company continues to push the troubled 1903 build onto users), but at least the company is listening. 

And listen it must because right now the reputation of Windows 10 is being shot to pieces.