The most recent Windows security patches from Microsoft might destroy your VPN.

The newest security updates for Windows from Microsoft could make your VPN not work.


According to Microsoft, the Windows security upgrades for April might destroy your VPN. (Sorry!) The business stated in a status update that “Windows devices might face VPN connection failures after installing the April 2024 security update (KB5036893) or the April 2024 non-security preview update.” It is attempting to repair it.

The problem, which affects Windows 11, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2008 and later, was initially discovered by Bleeping Computer. There are conflicting accounts from users on Reddit; some posters claim their VPNs are still functional after applying the update, while others assert that their encrypted connections were definitely compromised.

Microsoft stated, “We are working on a solution and will deliver an update in an impending release.”

Up till Microsoft releases a patched update, there is no official remedy. However, by removing every security update, you may circumvent the problem. CEO Satya Nadella made a regrettable time choice when he stated last week that he wants Microsoft to prioritize “security above else.” I doubt that his intention was to force customers to (temporarily) pick between losing the newest protection and not using a VPN.

Before taking more extreme action, it could be worth attempting to delete and reinstall your VPN program, since at least one Redditor has reported that doing so resolved their issue.

Microsoft provides instructions on how to remove the security updates if you so want. The business stated in its patch notes that “use the DISM/Remove-Package command line option with the LCU package name as the argument to remove the LCU after installing the combined SSU and LCU package.” “You can use this command to find the package name: DISM /online /get-packages.”

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