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FIX: Printing ANYTHING Locks Up Windows Server 2003

June 12, 2008

A few days ago, I installed Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta and all the goodies that came along with that.  Since then, printing just didn’t work.  If I tried to print, it’d hang up the application for a few minutes (felt like hours) until it’d error out that the printer was not operational.  I could print DIRECTLY from the printer (the test page).  Meh.

Trust me, while trying to prototype a reporting application and print examples there is no happiness when you can’t print.

After several hours of hunting, testing drivers, trying fixes, etc… I finally came across a TOTALLY unrelated MS KB article, #948046.

The article is for Windows Server 2003 with SP2 and XP with SP2–-both x64 and x86 editions.  It focuses on Microsoft Word and not being able to print if the EU Font pack is installed.  The scenario of “Word document is not printed as expected” is pretty vague.

Now, I’ve been using the same HP printer drivers (an 8150 DN and 5550 DTN Color) for ages without any problems, so I can’t fathom that caused the problem, but who knows.  The problem started after installing VS2008 SP1 Beta (I haven’t combed the install logs to see if it reinstalled Unidrv.dll).

Anyway, the fix to this problem, so far (after testing in several applications including Adobe Acrobat, Word, Excel, Visual Studio, and SQL Management Studio), is to download the hotfix in the #948046 article

Install, reboot, and things work perfect.

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