Microsoft has released an out-of-cycle fix for printer issues caused by last week’s Patch Tuesday update for older versions of Windows 10, along with a preview of Windows 10 20H1 for those on the channel. beta of the Insiders program with a bunch of fixes for various issues.
Microsoft’s March 2021 Patch Tuesday update was somewhat overshadowed by critical Exchange vulnerabilities, but this month’s Patch Tuesday also created crash issues (BSOD) for Windows 10 PCs connected to several brands of printers.
Printer issues have prompted the release of an out-of-band fix that should provide relief to users of different versions of Windows 10. The update contains only one fix.
“This is an update to address an issue that may cause a blue screen when you try to print to certain printers using certain applications,” Microsoft said in a support note. For Windows 10, version 2004, Microsoft adds: “Addresses an issue that could cause a blue screen when trying to print to certain printers using certain applications and could generate the APC_INDEX_MISMATCH error.”
Microsoft will soon release Windows 10 21H1, a minor update that will be easy to install for Windows 10 2004 and 20H2 users. It will be delivered as an activation package. It should be available around May, just like the previous spring versions of Windows 10.
Windows 10 21H1, however, is already available for Windows Insiders program members in the beta channel, and the new 21H1 Build 19043.899 – update KB5000842 – is now available for those in the program.
The update contains bug fixes for multiple issues that could hamper the 20H1 experience when it becomes generally available.
There are fixes for Chromium based Edge browser, Action Center, screen darkness, Japanese Input Method Editor (IME), touchpad settings, graphics issues, touch keyboards.
Beta members should notice that it fixes an issue that displayed nothing or indefinitely displayed “Computer Filters” when attempting to filter File Explorer search results.
Using a mobile device management app like Intune also prevented Windows 10 Home devices from being upgraded to Windows 10 Pro or Education.
Additionally, Chromium-based Microsoft Edge did not function properly when used with Microsoft App-V and fonts were activated in the virtual environment.
Microsoft also found that some devices displayed a black screen or had difficulty connecting to joined machines in Hybrid Azure Active Directory. On previous versions, File Explorer and other apps would hang for several minutes on devices reconnecting to a corporate network and attempting to use mapped drives to access file shares on that network.
There was also an issue that prevented a device from working if users deleted files or folders that synced with OneDrive.
Microsoft has also removed the old Edge browser from this version and replaced it with the Chromium-based Edge browser. This makes sense, as support for the old Edge ended on March 9, 2021. The new Microsoft Edge will be available as part of the next Patch Tuesday on April 13.