Microsoft has released the optional KB5007253 Preview cumulative update for Windows 10 2004, Windows 10 20H2, Windows 10 21H1, and Windows 10 21H2.
Microsoft claims that this update resolves network printing issues that cause the display of 0x000006e4, 0x0000007c, or 0x00000709 error codes.
KB5007253 Cumulative Update Sample is part of Microsoft’s September 2021 monthly “C” update that allows administrators to test fixes that come as part of the December 2021 Patch Tuesday.
However, unlike Patch Tuesday updates, the “C” preview updates are optional and do not include security updates.
Windows users can install this update by going to Settings, by clicking Windows update, and manually perform one ‘Search for updates. ‘
As this is an optional update, you will be asked if you want to install it by clicking on the ‘Download and install’ link, as shown in the image below.
Windows 10 users can also manually download and install the KB5007253 preview update from the Microsoft Update Catalog.
Microsoft claims to correct network printing errors
After Microsoft changed the Windows printing experience to deal with PrintNightmare vulnerabilities, users began to experience errors when trying to print to network printers.
Print jobs would fail when you tried to print to a network printer, and Windows would display a 0x000006e4, 0x0000007c, or 0x00000709 error, as shown below.
Last month, Microsoft began privately sharing print fixes using ADMX installers that manually added Known Issue Rollback (KIR) fixes to the Windows registry.
These installers fixed the Windows 0x0000007c printing errors but did not help with the other error codes that people received. However, Microsoft told the Windows administrator in private support chats that the fixes would be formally released as part of the December 2021 Patch Tuesday updates.
These fixes are now being released as part of this week’s Windows 10 KB5007253 update and reportedly fixes the 0x000006e4, 0x0000007c, or 0x00000709 printing errors.
BleepingComputer has not tested this update to see if it fixes this bug. If you are installing the update, please let us know if it resolved your network printing issues.
What’s new in Windows 10 KB5007253
After installing this update, Windows 10 2004 will be updated to build 19041.1387, Windows 10 20H2 will be updated to build 19042.1387, Windows 10 21H1 will be updated to build 19043.1387, and Windows 10 3 will be updated to 242.242.
Windows 10 KB5007253 cumulative update example includes thirty-three enhancements or fixes with eleven highlighted fixes below:
Updates an issue that causes some variable fonts to display incorrectly.
Updates an issue that could cause the 32-bit version of Microsoft Excel to stop working on certain devices when you export to PDF.
Updates an issue that displays letters or characters at the wrong angle when using the Meiryo UI font and other vertical fonts. These fonts are often used in Japan, China or other countries in Asia.
Updates an issue that causes Internet Explorer to stop working when you use Input Method Editor (IME) to insert items.
Updates an issue that causes the Settings page to close unexpectedly after you uninstall a font.
Updates an issue that affects your ability to rename a file using Folder View in Explorer when using the new Japanese IME.
Updates an issue that disables screen capture and recording features on the Windows Game Bar after a service failure.
Updates an issue that prevents the programs you use frequently from appearing on the Start menu as they should.
Updates an issue that causes Internet Explorer to stop working.
Resolves a known issue that causes error codes 0x000006e4, 0x0000007c, or 0x00000709 when connecting to a remote printer shared on a Windows print server.
Addresses a known issue that could prevent apps, such as Kaspersky apps, from opening after you try to repair or update apps using Microsoft Installer (MSI).
You can find a complete list of fixes in the KB5007253 support bulletin.