Internet connection problems surface after latest Windows 10 update, are you affected?

Arif Bacchus

Updates delivered through Windows Update are usually meant to patch up and fix problems, but it would appear that the most recent patch pushed out by Microsoft has caused connectivity headaches for a select number of Windows 10 users (via TechRepublic.)

While a Microsoft moderator has said in a Microsoft Answers page that the company is looking into the reports, the tech giant is also pointing users who are experiencing the issue to restart (and NOT shut down) their PC. If this does not work, and if needed, the company also points users to this support page which explains how to diagnose network problems in Windows 10.

Microsoft has not yet come out and said which update is the root cause of the problem, but according to TechRepublic, the issue is caused by Windows 10 not being able to request a local IP address from routers.  It is worth nothing that we have experienced this very issue on one of our Windows 10 machines here at OnMSFT, and we successfully resolved our connectivity problems by doing the following:

  1. Open an elevanted command prompt by right clicking the start button and choosing Command Prompt (Admin)
  2. Type in ipconfig /release
  3. Press enter
  4. Type in ipconfig/renew
  5. Press enter
  6. Type exit
  7. Press enter

It is not immediately clear how widespread of an issue this problem is, and there are no official replies to the Microsoft Answers forum dedicated to the issue, but the post has received a total of 321 upvotes. Please do let us know if you have experienced these connectivity issues by dropping us a comment below! And, please do follow us on Twitter, or like us on Facebook to ensure that you receive further updates on this issue.