Windows 10: How To Fix KB5006670 Network Printer Bug

Windows 10 is suffering from yet more printer issues. Many people will have been eager to install the KB5006670 update from 12 October – it fixed a total of 74 vulnerabilities, including one that had already been exploited.

However, a new problem has arrived alongside it. This bug affects network printers, preventing users from printing wirelessly using this method. Despite following the usual steps, ‘0x00000709’ or ‘Element not found’ error messages have often been appearing. It’s important to note that not all Windows 10 devices are affected, but it does seem widespread.

Printer-related issues have plagued Windows 10 in recent months. They primarily relate to the ‘PrintNightmare’ vulnerability, but there have been other problems concerning the printer spooler – both can be used to gain remote access to affected devices without the user’s permission.

Windows 11 isn’t immune, either. The first printer bugs on the new OS prevent some users from installing printers properly, while some Brother printers aren’t working via a USB connection.

While we wait for Microsoft to fix the latest Windows 10 issue, here’s what you can try.

How to fix the Windows 10 KB5006670 network printer bug

Despite Microsoft being aware of the issue, we don’t know how soon a patch for the bug will be available on affected devices. In the meantime, here are four potential solutions if you rely on network printing:

Uninstall the update

This is the obvious one, although it will also remove those vulnerability fixes mentioned earlier:

  1. In the search bar next to the Start menu, type cmd
  2. Command Prompt will appear as the ‘Best Match’. From the options on the right side, choose ‘Run as Administrator’
    Windows 10 fix network printer bug
  3. Click ‘OK’ to confirm, then restart your device to apply the changes

Related articles for further reading

  • Microsoft releases patch for AMD-related Windows 11 performance issues
  • Windows 10’s KB5004945 update should be installed immediately (July 2021)
  • Windows 10 hit by another printer vulnerability (July 2021)
  • Should I still buy a Windows 10 laptop or PC?

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