Microsoft published a workaround for the printing issue that affects all Windows 10 client and server versions that have the March 2021 security updates installed.
The security updates were released on March 9, 2021 as part of the Patch Day of the month. Reports of printing related BlueScreen issues started to appear on social media sites and forums shortly after the release, and Microsoft did confirm the issue but did not publish a workaround back when it did.
An update was posted to the known issue today that provides further details on the issue and workarounds to address it.
Microsoft notes that a subset of Type 3 printer drivers are affected by the issue. The company provides instructions to find out if such a driver is installed:
A video demo describes how to mitigate the printing related issue. Microsoft explains that the workaround differs depending on the system and driver architecture.
For 32-bit printer drivers on 64-bit versions of Windows
The issue should be resolved afterwards for that particular driver. Repeat the steps for any other driver that is affected by the issue.
For 32-bit drivers on 32-bit Windows, or 64-bit drivers on 64-bit Windows
The solution is more complex for these scenarios.
Microsoft plans to release a fix for the issue in the coming week. (via Tero Alhonen)Advertisement
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