Microsoft claims a problem with a recent Windows 11 update means some PCs won’t be able to connect to Wi-Fi networks.
The software giant admitted that the Wi-Fi connectivity issue was caused by two recent Windows updates, both released in December.
The company is in the process of fixing the problem by effectively rolling back the updates, but it may take up to 24 hours for the fix to fully roll out to consumer devices.
The good news for consumers is that the issue is unlikely to affect home Wi-Fi networks. Instead, it authenticates against public networks such as those found in businesses, educational institutions, or places where the problem is likely to occur.
Windows 11 Wi-Fi Solution
If you can’t wait for the Microsoft fix to arrive on your system, there are steps you can take to fix the problem yourself. Those in desperate need of a Wi-Fi connection could try restoring their system to a point before the updates were installed. The first of the problematic updates was released on December 4.
Alternatively, users could try to remove the offending updates manually. The updates in question are KB5033375 and KB50532288. You can remove them by searching for “Windows Update” in the Windows 11 search bar, opening the Windows Update settings, and then selecting “Uninstall updates.”
Selecting system restore points or manually removing updates can sometimes cause more problems than they solve, so it might be wiser to just wait for Microsoft’s fix to arrive.
Wired connections should still work on computers with an Ethernet port, although these are increasingly rare on modern laptops, especially ultraportables. It’s often not easy to find wired connections in public places.
Cellular connections are another temporary solution. Most modern smartphones support mobile hotspots, where your phone creates a Wi-Fi network that your laptop and other devices can connect to securely. This is based on your phone having a decent data connection and can only provide internet access. you won’t be able to join your company’s local network to access shared files or printers, for example.
Windows Update problems
The Wi-Fi issue is the second major bug created by Windows updates in recent weeks.
Another recent Windows 10 and Windows 11 update saw any connected printer labeled as an HP model, with an HP printer app installed for good measure. This prevented some users from being able to use advanced printing features that were only available in their printer manufacturer’s software because the HP app essentially jailbroken the printer.
Microsoft has then released a downloadable troubleshooter to rid Windows computers of HP printer error.