Microsoft Fixes Serious VPN Problems in Windows 10, With New Patch

Microsoft has released some important patches and updates for Windows 10, with no less than 5 builds useful for people with VPNs. That’s quite a few users in Asia right now. Versions 1909, 1903, 1809, 1803, and 1709 are now available and detailed below.

These are optional updates, which means they’re not being offered on Windows Update. They have to be installed manually from the Microsoft Update Catalog and they come with the same changelog. The problem was that the wrong Internet connection status was shown for certain VPN users, but it could also prevent apps from connecting to the Internet. The fix also prevents apps from malfunctioning on account of lack of Internet connection, especially apps that use WinHTTP or WinINet.

Microsoft released these emergency updates to fix a Windows 10 bug that caused Internet problems for users and even prevented some Office 365 setups from reaching the cloud. The connectivity bug was confirmed this week and servers that run all supported versions of Windows 10 using a proxy and VPN were affected. The problem is that Microsoft employees work remotely and it’s hard to coordinate bug solving at this time. Also, Covid-19 and social isolation has to a boom of use of VPNs in the past weeks, with multiple VPN providers showing 30 or 40% bumps in use.

Microsoft promised the update in early April, but it’s already delivering it right now via the Microsoft Update Catalog. Affected apps include Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Office, Office 365, Outlook, Internet Explorer 11 and versions of Microsoft Edge. You can download the useful patches below:

  • Versions 1909 and 1903 – KB4554364 (build 18363.753 or 18362.753)
  • Version 1809 – KB4554354 (build 17763.113)
  • Version 1803 – KB4554349
  • Version 1709 – KB4554342

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