HomeWinBuzzer NewsWindows 11 Update Bug Disrupts Wi-Fi on Certain Networks, Promptly Patched by...

Windows 11 Update Bug Disrupts Wi-Fi on Certain Networks, Promptly Patched by Microsoft

Microsoft fixes Patch Tuesday Wi-Fi glitch on Windows 11, mostly affecting enterprise networks. Known Issue Rollback tool restores connections within 24 hours


has addressed a significant Wi-Fi connectivity issue that emerged after the release of their December Patch Tuesday updates for . The problematic updates, identified as KB5032288 and KB5033375, caused disruptions especially for users on enterprise, educational, and public networks, where connections became slow or non-functional. However, users on private home networks were found to be generally unaffected by this problem, and the issue did not impact users.

Known Issue Rollback to the Rescue

Understanding the gravity of the situation, particularly for corporate and academic environments, Microsoft implemented its Known Issue Rollback (KIR) feature. KIR is a tool that allows Microsoft to reverse a single update that is causing problems without requiring users to uninstall significant components or download additional patches. This system, first implemented with Windows 10, proved essential in rectifying the current Wi-Fi connectivity issue within approximately 24 hours of its escalation.

Microsoft's prompt response ensured that the fix was disseminated rapidly and seamlessly; most users simply needed to reboot their devices to restore their Wi-Fi connections. The effectiveness of the Known Issue Rollback tool highlights Microsoft's commitment to efficient troubleshooting and customer service in their software maintenance protocols.

Impact and Resolution

Microsoft confirmed reports that adapters might fail to connect to networks using 802.1x authentication due to the disruptive updates. Notably, 802.1x authentication is a security standard often employed in managed networks for controlled access, which explains why the problem largely affected institutions and businesses.

With the rollback of the faulty updates, Microsoft assured its user base that all Windows 11 PCs should now be capable of establishing stable Wi-Fi connections across various networks. This event underscores the importance of rapid response mechanisms in software support, as well as the continued relevance of Microsoft's ongoing maintenance to ensure the reliability of its in diverse environments.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

Recent News