After updating Windows 11 to version 22H2, your network printers may stop working. Also, the error code
ERROR_INVALID_PRINTER_NAME) appears when adding a new network printer.
Operation could not be completed (error 0x00000bc4). No Printers Were Found.
The printer name is invalid.
Windows 11 version 22H2 introduced a new group policy named “Configure RPC Connection settings.” This policy setting controls which protocol and protocol settings to use for outgoing RPC connections to a remote print spooler.
The default setting in 22H2 blocks Windows from finding your network printers. This causes your existing printers to be erased, and adding them manually causes the error 0x00000bc4.
Setting “Configure RPC Connection settings” to “RPC over named pipes” fixes the issue.
To fix the network printer error 0x00000bc4, try these steps:
- Launch the Local Group Policy Editor (
- Go to the following section:
Administrative Templates → Printers → Configure RPC connection settings
- Select “RPC over named pipes” from the dropdown, and click OK.
- Exit the Group Policy Editor.
Registry Setting for the above GPO
There are 2 values that can be configured:
0: RpcOverTcp (default)
The above solution was initially found by @thomas_forde, who tweeted about it recently.
Printer issue finally resolved. A brand new printer policy in Win11 22H2 is the culprint. "RPC Connection settings. Need to change over to Named Pipes and it works again.#msintune #Memcm pic.twitter.com/7xPS7Xxs0o
— Thomas Førde (@thomas_forde) September 28, 2022