Solution: function address caused a protection fault – printer error in Windows 10

The function address that caused the protection error is print-related and appears when running under Windows 10, 8, and earlier versions. It is not window-specific but appears when using any application other than a document from the MS Office suite.

Sometimes this error also occurs in other applications when you try to print a particular document, even under the most advanced Windows 10 operating system. Some corrupted drivers or files may be causing the problem on your device. It is recommended that you check your system properly before proceeding.

What is the cause of the “Feature address caused a security error” error?

What is the cause of the "Feature address caused a security error" error?

We investigated this particular problem by looking at various user reports and repair strategies that are commonly used to fix this particular problem. It turns out that there are several different scenarios that can cause this error message. With this in mind, below is a list of possible culprits:

The right printer is not installed by default – It turns out that one of the most common reasons users experience this error is in situations where they are trying to print from a printer that is not installed as the default solution on their computer. In this case, the problem can be solved by going to the printer properties screen and setting the correct default printer.

The printer driver is seriously out of date – Another possibility that causes this error is when the printer driver is out of date or incompatible with the Windows version (this can happen after an operating system migration). If this scenario applies, the problem can be solved by updating the driver version either automatically (through the device manager) or manually (from the manufacturer’s site).

Damaged printer subkeys – If the problem occurs with all printers connected to the network, it may be a set of damaged printer subkeys. If this scenario applies, you may be able to resolve the problem by uninstalling the current driver, reinstalling the network instance, and updating the driver to the latest version.

Damage to system files – Damage to system files is less likely, but a possible culprit for this problem. This usually occurs after a security scan has quarantined certain items used by the print service. In this case, you can restore your computer to a healthy state using System Restore.

If you are currently encountering the same error message, this article offers a collection of troubleshooting guides to help you identify the problem and apply the appropriate solution. Each of the possible solutions presented below has been verified as effective by at least one interested user.

If you want to be as effective as possible, we recommend that you follow the methods in the order in which we have organized them. In the end, you should find a solution that solves the problem, regardless of the cause of the problem in your particular scenario.

How do you fix a function address protection error?

How do you fix a function address protection error?

If you encounter a feature address that causes a security printing error, you can try our recommended solutions below in no particular order and see if that solves the problem.

  1. Printer Troubleshooting
  2. Start SFC/DISM scanning
  3. Change the default printer
  4. Update the printer driver
  5. Uninstall the printer driver, rename the print subkey, and restart the print spooler service.

Let’s look at a description of the process associated with each of the solutions listed.

Printer Troubleshooting

When you run the built-in Windows 10 diagnostic tool, the printer and its drivers are rebooted and checked for errors. The printer must be connected during this process.

Follow these steps to begin troubleshooting your printer:

  • Click Start and select Settings.
  • Go to Updates and Security.
  • Click the Troubleshooting tab.
  • Scroll down and click Printers.
  • Click the Run Troubleshooter button.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen and apply the recommended patches.

Next, try printing and see if the feature address that caused the print protection error has been corrected. If not, proceed to the next solution.

Perform an SFC/DISM scan

SFC/DISM is a Windows utility that allows users to analyze corrupt Windows system files and repair corrupt files. For simplicity, you can perform the scan as follows.

  • Press the Windows + R keys.
  • In the Run dialog box, type Notepad and press Enter to open Notepad.
  • Copy and paste the command below into a text editor.

@echo off
date /t and time /t
echo Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
Date / t and time / t
Echo Dismount / Online / Image Cleanup /StartComponentCleanup
Dismounting /Online /Image Cleanup /RestoreHealth
Date / t and time / t
SFC echo / scan
SFC / scan
date / t and time / t
break on

  • Save the file with the name and add a .bat file extension – for example, SFC_DISM_scan.bat.
  • Run the batch file several times with administrator rights (right-click on the saved file and select Run as administrator in the context menu) until it stops reporting errors.
  • Restart your computer.

Try the print job again and see if the problem is resolved. If not, move on to the next solution.

Change the default printer

The feature address that causes a print protection error can also occur in a situation where the printer you are using is not set as the default printer in the Windows settings. To change the default printer, follow these steps:

  • Press the Windows + R keys.
  • In the Run dialog box, copy the ms-settings: printers option and press Enter to open the Printers and Scanners window of the Settings application.
  • While in the Printers and Scanners tab, scroll down in the right pane and uncheck Allow Windows to control the default printer settings.
  • Now click on the printer you want to use and click the Set as Default button.

After setting the correct default printer, restart your computer and make sure that the printing error is resolved. If not, move on to the next solution.

Update the printer driver

In this solution, make sure that the latest drivers are installed for the printer. You can download the latest version of the printer driver from the manufacturer’s website. You can also update the printer driver from the device manager. Here’s how to do it:

  • Press the Windows + X button to open the Power User Menu, then press the M button to open the Device Manager.
  • While in Device Manager, scroll through the list of installed devices and expand/close the “Print Queues” section.
  • Then right-click on the printer you are having trouble with, and choose Update Driver from the context menu.
  • On the next screen, click Automatically check for updates in the driver software.
  • Wait for the scan to complete. If a new driver version is found, follow the instructions on the screen to download and install it on your computer.
  • Restart your machine.

Try sending a print job and see if the feature address that caused the security error during printing has been resolved. If not, move on to the next solution.

Uninstall the printer driver, rename the print subkey, and restart the print spooler service.

In this solution, there is a sequence of tasks (which includes uninstalling the printer driver, renaming the print substrate, and restarting the print spooler service) that must be performed to ensure that the print error caused by the feature address can be corrected. Proceed as follows:

  • Log in to the appropriate computer.
  • Press the Windows + X keys to open the main user menu, then press the M key to open the Device Manager.
  • Once in Device Manager, go through the list of installed devices and expand the Print Queues drop-down menu.
  • Then right-click the printer driver you want to uninstall, and choose Uninstall Device.
  • Click Uninstall again to confirm the process.

Once the uninstall process is complete, you can exit the Device Manager.

  • Then press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box.
  • In the Run dialog box, type printui.exe /s /t2 and press Enter to open the print server properties interface.
  • In the print server properties window, click the Driver tab and select the driver that is causing the problem. After selecting the driver, click the Delete button.
  • The Remove Driver and Package dialog box appear.
  • Select the Delete Driver Only radio button.
  • Click OK.

After the process is complete, you can exit the print server properties window.

  • Now press Windows + R to open another “Run” dialog box.
  • Type regedit in the text box and press Enter to open the registry editor.

Important: Make a backup copy of the registry before doing this, so that you can restore it in case of problems.

  • Browse or navigate to the following registry key path :

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlPrintWindows x64Print Processors.

Here, rename any subkeys or keys under the print processors with a .old extension. This will cause Windows to ignore these keys and create new folders and values instead.

Note: In this case, there is only one subkey (winprint), so we renamed it winprint.old.

After completing this step, you can safely close the registry editor.

  • Open the Run dialog box again and type services.
  • MSC in the text box, then press Enter to open the Services window.
  • In the Services window, locate the Print Document Swap service.
  • Right-click the printer control panel, and then click Properties.
  • In the Properties window, click Stop.

This will pause the print queue process. Leave the Print Spooler Properties window opens.

  • Now open File Explorer and navigate to the following location:


  • Delete all the files in the “Printers” folder.

If you don’t see any files, go to the “View” tab and check the “Hidden objects” box.

  • Close the File Explorer window.
  • In the Print Spoiler Properties window, click the Start button to restart the service.

Restart the computer and reinstall the printer drivers needed for the next computer startup. Try the print job again and see if the problem is resolved.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Troubleshoot the printer.
  2. Perform an SFC/DISM scan.
  3. Change the default printer.
  4. Update the printer driver.
  5. Uninstall the printer driver, rename the printer subkey, and restart the print spooler service.
  6. Change the registry key for LegacyDefaultPrinterMode Value data.
  7. Perform a system restore.

Disable external cache

If your CPU uses an external cache, temporarily disable it to see if it is the source of GPF error messages. If this option is available, you can disable it through the CMOS configuration.

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Method 1: Make a clean start.
Method 2: Perform SFC and CHKDSK.
Method 3: Perform a system restore.
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Method 5: Reinstall the .NET Frame.