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May 3, 2024

New Update Warning Issued by Microsoft for All Windows 10, 11 Users

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Microsoft’s latest Windows update isn’t as simple as it sounds

Microsoft has been no stranger to awkward update bugs over the years, and the latest to hit Windows 10 and 11 users is no different. “VPN connections might fail after installing the April 2024 security update,” the company has warned.

While the bug also hits Windows Server, it is home and mobile users on desktops and laptops that will likely be the most heavily impacted. And if your VPN stops working, that clearly puts you at risk. Users relying on this security should certainly ensure their VPNs are set to drop network connectivity if the VPN disconnects.

The full list of impacted platforms is as follows:

VPNs seem to be a recurring problem for Windows, as reported by Neowin, stating that numerous times, Windows updates have damaged VPN settings, causing connection failures, slow speeds and other issues.

The main concern here is for business users who use secure tunnels for accessing company systems, and users on the go who depend on their VPNs for secure connections at hotels, airports, public Wi-Fi, etc. Such business users should seek help from the Microsoft Support for business.

You can revert the security update to regain VPN connectivity, with instructions available here. However, this will also undo essential fixes.

As reported by Neowin, this happens just a month after the unexpected termination of Google’s One VPN, due to a peculiar problem where it was discovered to be overwriting Windows DNS settings. Just about a week later, Google officially announced that it would be closing down the service on June 10, 2024.

Reassuringly or otherwise, this time around Microsoft advises users that “we are investigating user reports, and we will provide more information in the coming days.”

Maybe because of the irony that a security update has hobbled security-focused VPNs, leaving users less secure, we can expect Microsoft to fix this pretty rapidly.

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