Windows 10 update fixes connectivity bug plaguing VPNs and proxies

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft shipped a new optional Windows 10 update to fix internet connection issues.
  • The connection issues were first reported last week, and impacted those using a VPN or proxy connection.
  • The update is available now, and Microsoft recommends you only install it if you've been seeing the issue it addresses.

Microsoft today pushed out a new optional Windows 10 update meant to fix internet connection issues that were reported by VPN and proxy users last week. The issue caused Windows to show a limited or no connection status with manual or auto-configured proxies. It also prevented some apps from connecting to the internet.

"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," a Microsoft support document for the update reads. The update applied to Windows 10 versions 1909, 1903, 1809, 1803, and 1709. The release notes for the update read:

Addresses an issue that might display a limited or no internet connection status in the notification area on devices that use a manual or auto-configured proxy, especially with a virtual private network (VPN). Additionally, this issue might prevent some devices from connecting to the internet using applications that use WinHTTP or WinINet.

Microsoft recommends that you install this optional update on PCs that have experienced this issue. If you have run into this problem, the update is available now via Windows Update.

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