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Microsoft issues out-of-band update to fix Windows 10 remote work bug

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Microsoft has released an emergency update to fix a Windows 10 bug that has been causing internet connectivity issues as well as preventing apps such as Office 365 from reaching the cloud, reports ZDNet.

Microsoft acknowledged the internet connectivity bug last Thursday, which affected PCs and servers running all supported versions of Windows 10 devices that are using a proxy, especially with a virtual private network (VPN).

The company estimated that a patch would be available in early April but it looks like it has been working overtime with the fix. An update is now available as an optional manual install from the Microsoft Update Catalog.

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“An out-of-band optional update is now available on the Microsoft Update Catalog to address a known issue whereby devices using a proxy, especially those using a virtual private network (VPN), might show limited or no internet connection status,” Microsoft said on the Windows message center

“We recommend you only install this optional update if you are affected by this issue.”

Updates are available for Windows 10 version 1709 through 1909.

The connectivity bug affected Windows 10 devices with updates installed from 27 February onwards and it caused problems for applications that use WinHTTP or WinInet.


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