Microsoft addresses Windows Update VPN problem, issues fix

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What you need to know

  • January 2022's Patch Tuesday brought with it cumulative updates that fixed a lot of security issues but also introduced a wholly new problem in the form of borking VPN connections for some users (SonicWall, WatchGuard, and Cisco Meraki were all affected).
  • Microsoft has acknowledged the situation and released a series of out-of-band (OOB) updates to address the VPN problem.
  • They are available now via the Microsoft Update Catalog as well as the standard Windows Update tool.

Many users were affected by an issue with January 2022's Patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of the month wherein Microsoft releases cumulative updates for Windows operating systems. This recent Patch Tuesday introduced security updates for Windows 11 and 10 as well as the unintentional problem of breaking some users' VPN connections.

There are now patches out to address January's Patch Tuesday predicament, direct from Microsoft. As noted by BleepingComputer, you'll need to go to the Microsoft Update Catalog to snag the KB5010794 update for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 as well as KB5010797 for Windows Server 2012.

If you're on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 7 SP1, or Windows Server 2008 SP2, you can grab your fresh patch from Microsoft as an optional update through the standard Windows Update area of your PC.

In other recent news, despite items like the aforementioned bugs and usual minor OS headaches, Windows continues to dominate Steam, with Windows 11 having captured nearly a tenth of Steam gamers. And in case you're a Windows Insider on the Release Preview or Beta Channels, be sure to grab the latest build, which released last Friday. The Dev Channel has a lot going on as well, if you're feeling even more experimental.

Robert Carnevale

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