Microsoft has released an out-of-band optional update for Windows 10 meant to fix a VPN connectivity bug that has been annoying users lately.
Due to the bug, Windows 10 users see a limited or no internet connection status on their PCs when trying to connect to a VPN or proxy service. It is also preventing some apps from connecting to the internet.
Office 365, Outlook, some versions of MS Edge, and Microsoft Teams are among the list of apps that couldn’t access the internet. Most of the affected apps make use of the WinHTTP and WinInet applications while connecting to the internet, the company notes.
It becomes concerning as many people are working from their homes right now and relying on VPN connections to access company resources.
Of course, the easiest way to fix the Windows 10 VPN bug is to install the optional update right away. The out-of-band update is available for various Windows 10 versions, including 1909, 1903, 1809, 1803, 1709.
Anyway, this is another example of Microsoft trying to clean the dirt it spilled earlier. The company acknowledged in an older support document that the bug is present on all Windows 10 machines with the February 27 cumulative update (KB4535996) installed.
The update comes at a time when the world is dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic, and companies are finding it hard to keep their releases as per the schedule. Microsoft has already paused future releases of the Edge Chromium browser, following Google’s footsteps.
Also, the company announced last week it will be halting all non-security optional updates for Windows 10, starting May 2020.