So what’s the most annoying thing about Windows 10?

Not the patching, not the dealing with customizing the menu system (more on that later) but printers.

Flat out I have had more issues with personal laserjet printers than anything else.  Network based printers, my Ricohs have been relatively easy to set up.  Two of them were picked up just fine, one – a slightly older one – I set it up as a tcp/ip printer and had the operating system pick up the generic Ricoh driver.

But on my workstation where I have a Lexmark printer, I have had to move it from a usb connection setup to a tcp/ip printer setup.  When it was a usb printer, it would go to sleep.  And once it went to sleep it would then not wake up to print… or if it did… it would error out and the only way I could get it to fully “wake up” and print properly was to unplug the usb cable and plug it back in.  Not the greatest experience.  I tried getting new printer drivers and that didn’t work.

So far whenever I’ve had really problematic printers, the workaround that works is to make them no longer be usb based printers and instead hang them off the network.

I’ve found at home that I’ve had to move my wireless printers to wired in order to get them settle down with Windows 10 as well.

Bottom line tcp/ip is working the best.  Other protocols… not so much.

3 Thoughts on “So what’s the most annoying thing about Windows 10?

  1. Agreed completely, another thing I run into with Win10 network printers is those darn WSD ports they like to use. Continuously have issues at clients where a printer stops working, I have to change the WSD port to an “old school” TCP/IP one and it prints again.

    I get the idea of WSD ports (you don’t have to worry about setting an IP or knowing what it is) but in my experience they are less reliable. Hard code an IP, setup an IP port and go about your day.

  2. Matthew on December 22, 2016 at 4:28 pm said:

    How many laserjet printers have you tried?

    Is this really a Windows 10 issue, or a fact that the printer manufacturer hasn’t tested and update their driver for Windows 10?

    I haven’t had any trouble on a Canon that says specifically it is supported on Windows 10, over USB.

  3. I have noticed that my users will have issues with the built in drivers for printers in windows 10. We use mostly lexmark laser printers. When installing the printers using TCP/IP port and windows automatically picks a driver included with windows 10, we noticed that users would start to experience really long print times. The printer would get the job but take a long time to output it. The fix was using the Lexmark installers they have on their website instead of the built-in windows 10 drivers.

    I also can’t stand that by default windows 10 will search the network and install every printer that it “sees”. We have about 20 printers on the network but they don’t all need to be installed on every computer. The fix for this is

    (taken from another site)
    Control Panel (icon view)> Network and Sharing Center > Change advanced sharing settings (on left side of screen)

    Under: Private > Network discovery

    There is a box that says “Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices.”

    Uncheck it

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