Windows 10: Microsoft updates and printer

Discus and support Microsoft updates and printer in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; About three years ago after a Windows update, my printer refused to print Word documents; it would only print PDFs. I tried everything mentioned in a... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by Jill 65, May 17, 2020.

  1. Jill 65 Win User

    Microsoft updates and printer

    About three years ago after a Windows update, my printer refused to print Word documents; it would only print PDFs.

    I tried everything mentioned in a previous thread, went further on-line to look for solutions, etc and nothing changed te situation.

    Then, two or three moneths ago - after an update - hey presto! I could print Word documents.

    There was a Windows update earlier this week and, hey presto! This morning we are back to Square 1 - it will only print PDFs.

    Not believing in coincidence I am now convinced this is Microsoft's fault and there is nothing I can do about it until they rectify the situation on a subsequent update. Could you please do that sooner rather than later because this is a real pain.

    Jill 65, May 17, 2020

  2. Windows 10 update cause printer problem with: "Printer not activated - Error - 20"

    Hi John,

    Thank you for posting in Microsoft Community, we appreciate your interest in Windows 10.

    I understand your concern about accessing the printer after the Windows Update, we will help you with this issue.

    Do let us know the following:

    • What is the make and model of your device?
    • How is the printer connected to the computer, locally or through network?
    • Have you tried any troubleshooting steps to resolve this issue?

    I suggest you to try the below and check if it helps.

    Step 1: I suggest you to update the drivers for printer and check.

    • Right click on the Start button from the desktop and select
      Device Manager.

    • Locate and expand Print queue.

    • Right-click on the printer driver
      that is listed and click Update driver software.

    Step 2: I suggest you to run the printer troubleshooter from
    Fix printer problems
    and then check if this fixes the issue.

    Hope it helps. Reply to the post with an updated status of this issue and required information, we will be happy to help you further.
    Deepika Gowda, May 17, 2020
  3. Printer

    Hi Rodrigo,

    I am sorry to know that you are having issues with Printer.

    What and all steps have you tried so far?

    Restart the computer and check.

    Also, check for Windows updates.

    I suggest you to run the Printer Troubleshooter and check if it helps.

    • In Search window type Troubleshooting and click on it to open it.

    • Click on Hardware and Sound.

    • Then click on Printer to run the troubleshooter. Follow onscreen steps.
    Kalpana Shankarappa, May 17, 2020
  4. Microsoft updates and printer

    Printer Not Working after Update

    Hi Von,

    Since your printer is also having an issue after an update, we suggest that you run the Printer Troubleshooter as an initial troubleshooting step. Follow the steps provided in the link on my first response. Also, can you provide us additional details regarding
    your concern. Kindly answer the questions below:

    • Which update are you referring to which caused this issue?
    • Which troubleshooting steps have you done so far?

    Keep us posted so we can further assist you.
    Jennifer Bri, May 17, 2020

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