Windows March 2021 Patch Madness

Are you encountering random printing errors include blank pages, random text, missing drawing, or worse of all the blue screen of death when using your virtual printer software? Your issue is likely due to the March 2021 Windows Updates.

The March 2021 Windows Updates are randomly breaking the printing subsystem which leads to a variety of printing errors. This problem impacts all printer manufacturers, both virtual or physical. The printing issues from applications manifest themselves differently on various systems, and not all systems are impacted.

If you are encountering any of the issues above, we recommend either:

  1. Uninstalling the March 2021 patch, or
  2. Install the appropriate hot fix that Microsoft provided

Install Windows Hot Fix

Below is a list of buggy patches (this is not an exhaustive list) causing printing issues. Select the patch that was applied to your system. At the end of the KB article, Microsoft will indicate if they have releases a patch to fix the issue you are encountering.

NOTE:  A system is only affected if they have this optional patch applied and have not already applied the optional patch.


For KB5000802 at the bottom of the article you will see:


For KB5000808 at the bottom of the article you will see:


If you need further assistance, please feel free to reach out to the PEERNET support team.