Universal print is not the problem, I have written several times in comments that I was waiting for news articles about a whole load of printer drivers that will no longer work as well as that all kinds of obscure drivers under Windows 10 will no longer work under 11.

The problem with printer manufacturers is that they repeatedly refuse to update their drivers and only take action when it stops working. For example, PCL drivers are still very popular such as PCL 5 and PCL6, that is printer command language where version 5 comes from 1990 and version 6 comes from 1995.

That is the time of the LPT port where you had to restart the computer when you connected the printer. That also means that those drivers run deep in the kernel because the I/O required it at the time. 25/30 years later there is no reason for that anymore, most printers are even just on the network and still, just to generate some TCP traffic they come with PCL drivers that have to run in the kernel. Why do you even need a driver for that in the first place? That’s the same as if I need a driver to be able to send TCP traffic to Tweakers.

MS is far too friendly to their enterprise customers to let that situation drag on because it is clear that those manufacturers do not want to move. It is all but surprising that security issues arise with printer nightmare and that fixes destroy a lot of printers.

As for Win11, for the memory ingretity under core isolation, drivers must have support for this, so all drivers of the year that still worked quietly under 10 will fly out anyway. But drivers under Windows 11 must also be DHC, which means that they are not allowed to call their own installers, are not allowed to register dll files and if they need a control app, it must be via the store. The reasons for this are that drivers are installed behind as system and that a driver install may only install a driver where the control app must stay far away from those high rights.

Or in other words, MS has finally taken a close look at printer manufacturers with their 800MB bloatware printer driver installers. And that’s good, then it’s a short pain because otherwise the story just keeps dragging on because it is clear that they only move to where they are obliged and not a millimeter further.

See also https://docs.microsoft.co…principles-best-practices

[Reactie gewijzigd door sprankel op 12 oktober 2021 14:39]

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