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Update KB4524149.

This was forced on my work computer after hours for security updates pushed out by our less than brilliant IT guy (who happens to be out of town, fishing - or so I was told).

The update info claims:

This security update includes quality improvements. Key changes include:

  • Addresses an intermittent issue with the print spooler service that may cause print jobs to fail. Some apps may close or generate errors, such as the remote procedure call (RPC) error.
I had zero printing issues - none, before this patch. Things worked flawlessly for me yesterday and every day before this stupid patch.

Now I'm lucky if I can print one or two pages before I get a bunch of stupid pop-ups about cannot find printer or a printer needs to be selected or invalid data.....

My admin rights are locked down on my work computer and I can't uninstall this shitty update nor can I do a system restore and the IT guy won't give me the damn password or get on his laptop to remotely access the server to change my user permissions so I can fix this problem.

I'm not the only person at work with this issue either since this update was pushed on our computers.....

Sorry, just venting I guess. I've gotten about a tenth of my work done so far today in the past 3 hours because I have to constantly restart programs that close when trying to print or restart the program in hopes they don't throw up odd pop-up messages about printers and data and so on.

I need a drink.
 
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Appreciate the link, but that won't work me on my work computer since we're still rocking this old ass version of 17134.

Anyway, I doubt I'd be able to install it if I wanted since everyone's permissions are locked for installing/uninstalling programs. I can't even elevate a command prompt to administrator level so I can do things there..... I just need the IT guy to give me the admin password so I can remove this stupid update or at the very least, do a system restore....but he won't give it to me and since he doesn't have access to a PC to remote into the server, I'm stuck waiting until Monday before I can do anything.
 
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Appreciate the link, but that won't work me on my work computer since we're still rocking this old ass version of 17134.

Anyway, I doubt I'd be able to install it if I wanted since everyone's permissions are locked for installing/uninstalling programs. I can't even elevate a command prompt to administrator level so I can do things there..... I just need the IT guy to give me the admin password so I can remove this stupid update or at the very least, do a system restore....but he won't give it to me and since he doesn't have access to a PC to remote into the server, I'm stuck waiting until Monday before I can do anything.

I don't know how big your employer is but someone is a dumbass for giving the keys to only one individual. What if he drops dead. Who's second in command?

How's productivity going?
 
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Think positively, update could have broken lot more serious things than just printing.
I mean neighbour has had Wintoys 10 updates twice breaking network (at least internet connection) in two entirely different laptops.
As in Wintoys claiming everything is OK with TCP/IP settings gotten automatically, but internet connection starts only working after setting those manually.


This was forced on my work computer after hours for security updates pushed out by our less than brilliant IT guy (who happens to be out of town, fishing - or so I was told).
Looks like he was brilliant enough to know when it was time to "get ouf of Dodge" to avoid doing overtime... :p
 
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I don't know how big your employer is but someone is a dumbass for giving the keys to only one individual. What if he drops dead. Who's second in command?

How's productivity going?
There are some pretty stupid people here that do things they shouldn't be doing on their computers (like all companies) and it's good to have things locked down well....but as you say, it's not good that he's the only one with the password for admin access to the server. I'm sure one of the owners may have the password, but they're all out of town (one is on business, the other two are out on personal vacation) so no one else here has any kind of way to do anything if odd situations come up.

To give you an example of what I'm dealing with for the IT guy here:
The IT guy here, he hates dealing with camera and video systems. So one of the guy other guys that worked at the company for a long time and is good with computers/cabling, he setup the video system. The main HUB that all the cameras run through also has a PC by it for access should you be playing with cabling and need to check what cameras go out and so on.....well, no one knew about the HUB, not even the current IT guy. The HUB was in a corner, in an away location that almost no one has any reason to go to. One day, someone was up on the mezzanine and he was working on tracking down missing tools when he noticed a large shelf was ajar and he could see behind it and the other shelves that created a false wall. He found a mouse, keyboard and monitor connected to the PC that was used on the HUB for the videos. He told the IT guy and the IT guy was like - so what. Who cares if anyone has access to that PC or video system.....and you wonder why certain cameras were not online with tools went missing from maintenance...someone had been disabling the cameras in the area and folks have been walking out with thousands of dollars of tools over the past few years. When the IT guy told us it wasn't a big deal that the PC on the video system wasn't secure I looked at him like he was f'ing nuts. I said there must be a password on that system that only upper management/owners know and the mouse/keyboard/monitor need to be removed. The IT guy never secured the PC, he just took the mouse and keyboard and walked away........
 
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You want to blame your IT guy, but not the bozo brigade at M$?
 
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You want to blame your IT guy, but not the bozo brigade at M$?
Ultimately, the one calling the shots is the IT staff. Windows 10 may or may not be a shitty experience for you (your mileage may vary, mine has been going relatively ok, even on Insider builds), but the one responsible for W10 being installed, configured and updated is the IT staff.

EDIT: Granted, there is a limit to the amount of miracles a guy/girl can pull out of their pockets to make something work...
 
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but the one responsible for W10 being installed, configured and updated is the IT staff.

EDIT: Granted, there is a limit to the amount of miracles a guy/girl can pull out of their pockets to make something work...
All that being said is true. So why did this dumbass let things get updated when he knew he was not going to be available to take care of problems.
His planing or lack there of and his fishing vacation took priority?

How hard is it to delay updates to another time?
 

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Think positively, update could have broken lot more serious things than just printing.
I mean neighbour has had Wintoys 10 updates twice breaking network (at least internet connection) in two entirely different laptops.
As in Wintoys claiming everything is OK with TCP/IP settings gotten automatically, but internet connection starts only working after setting those manually.


Looks like he was brilliant enough to know when it was time to "get ouf of Dodge" to avoid doing overtime... :p
Not really even more so if you were in a business that requires printing to be done, lets say medical records. Sure MS might not push it on those on enterprise but not all are.

A lot of people are payed on commission that requires printing to be done.

This is dispicable and should be a optinal update and by now they have had a few unhappy people should have a warning.
 

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I heard Microsoft was going to be rolling out updates - so ive had my updates delayed until the end of next month. Sucks to be you.
 
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I know how you feel, man. Our IT department makes people wait half a day for login issues. That's 4 hours for them to walk downstairs, not 4 hours for them to fix the problem. That's extra.

Hold off on the update. Roll back if you can. Bleepingcomputer is reporting that the patch to fix printing breaks the Start Menu instead. Macroshaft pls
 
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Ultimately, the one calling the shots is the IT staff. Windows 10 may or may not be a shitty experience for you (your mileage may vary, mine has been going relatively ok, even on Insider builds), but the one responsible for W10 being installed, configured and updated is the IT staff.

EDIT: Granted, there is a limit to the amount of miracles a guy/girl can pull out of their pockets to make something work...
This isn't a problem with IT staff, it's a known problem with a recent Windows 10 update and Microsoft is ultimately responsible for that. It might have broken his printing, but at least it fixed my broken gaming audio, that was driving me insane. Microsoft really needs to get it together.
 
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This isn't a problem with IT staff, it's a known problem with a recent Windows 10 update and Microsoft is ultimately responsible for that. It might have broken his printing, but at least it fixed my broken gaming audio, that was driving me insane. Microsoft really needs to get it together.
they also broke my vr usb, as 1st tho i also think this is the failur product from msi m/b, i took to retailshop, they refuse to replace since the m/b aint broken atall, until i realize due to bad win10 drivers, it cause unstable volt control, anyway on 1803 is more stable, rarely get random error:)
 
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This isn't a problem with IT staff, it's a known problem with a recent Windows 10 update and Microsoft is ultimately responsible for that. It might have broken his printing, but at least it fixed my broken gaming audio, that was driving me insane. Microsoft really needs to get it together.
MS needs to rebuild their beta-testing team again. I read they had some 4000 devs dedicated to testing updates on physical machines of many different configurations and builds, not just VMs...
 
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The IT guy here, he hates dealing with camera and video systems. So one of the guy other guys that worked at the company for a long time and is good with computers/cabling, he setup the video system. The main HUB that all the cameras run through also has a PC by it for access should you be playing with cabling and need to check what cameras go out and so on.....well, no one knew about the HUB, not even the current IT guy. The HUB was in a corner, in an away location that almost no one has any reason to go to. One day, someone was up on the mezzanine and he was working on tracking down missing tools when he noticed a large shelf was ajar and he could see behind it and the other shelves that created a false wall. He found a mouse, keyboard and monitor connected to the PC that was used on the HUB for the videos. He told the IT guy and the IT guy was like - so what. Who cares if anyone has access to that PC or video system.....and you wonder why certain cameras were not online with tools went missing from maintenance...someone had been disabling the cameras in the area and folks have been walking out with thousands of dollars of tools over the past few years. When the IT guy told us it wasn't a big deal that the PC on the video system wasn't secure I looked at him like he was f'ing nuts. I said there must be a password on that system that only upper management/owners know and the mouse/keyboard/monitor need to be removed. The IT guy never secured the PC, he just took the mouse and keyboard and walked away........
This reads like something straight out of the IT Crowd. Wow
 
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Hold off on the update. Roll back if you can. Bleepingcomputer is reporting that the patch to fix printing breaks the Start Menu instead. Macroshaft pls
And to think that I used to curse Gates...
Since Gates stepped away from the helm first Ballmer and now Nadella have only turned direction worse.

I wonder how long it takes until Microsoft gets hit by class action suit.
Because only way to get that Wintoys10 ship sailing straight would be whacking sense into Microsoft's top management with big enough blunt instrument.
Now it's like Costa Concordia on auto repeat.

 
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Well, I was gratified to see this thread. I spent all morning figuring out why my printer would not print and then once I uninstalled the drivers, it never would establish a connection again. I even went as far as updating to 1903, thinking it may be a problem with 1803.

Guess I can work on it again tomorrow.
 
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Ya know, I cannot decide whether the OP is raging about Windows 10 or his IT department.
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I hold updates off for three weeks. Test group gets them the next day, then everybody else can install them two weeks later at will until deadline. Works pretty well.
Critical updates are deployed right away, of course.
 
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A lot of people, myself included, seem to be doing the postpone-for-30-days thing that 1903 introduced, but with how Macroshaft is going at the moment, that may still fail to spare us the unpleasantries of 1909. They didn't so much as get rid of most of their testing staff and structure, as they seem to have just eliminated the concept from testing from the process entirely.
 

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A lot of people, myself included, seem to be doing the postpone-for-30-days thing that 1903 introduced, but with how Macroshaft is going at the moment, that may still fail to spare us the unpleasantries of 1909. They didn't so much as get rid of most of their testing staff and structure, as they seem to have just eliminated the concept from testing from the process entirely.
Yeah, I dislike the new delay method, even for Pro, which I have. I used to be able to delay regular updates for weeks and new versions for 6 months.

Looks like I am going to have to go back the the Group Policy method to delay these “upgrades” or feature updates.”
 

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I had a similar problem back in the 1803 days I think, everything printer wise went south, I tried for hours to troubleshoot the issue, eventually I went to device manager and noticed all these alien USB devices/drivers had appeared, I went through disabling all the devices that I had no clue about, rebooted and low and behold my printer worked.
 
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Yeah, I dislike the new delay method, even for Pro, which I have. I used to be able to delay regular updates for weeks and new versions for 6 months.

Looks like I am going to have to go back the the Group Policy method to delay these “upgrades” or feature updates.”
Wait what, we can't postpone for a full year anymore either then?

I mean this - semi annual channel option + 365 days. (saved my ass every time so far) Still rocking 1803 :)

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