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Windows 10 Update Broke DHCP, Knocked Users Off The Internet by Tom Mendelsohn
arsTECHNICA.co.uk, Microsoft News  ISBN/ITEM#: CM161214UPDATE
Date: 14 December 2016

Links: arsTECHNICA.co.uk Article / Microsoft Forums /

On December 13th Microsoft issued Patch #KB3206632 in response to significant problems caused by a previous update released on December 9th.  Unconfirmed reports suggets the proble was caused by Patch #KB3201845.

From release/information:

Microsoft issued another patch on Tuesday that fixes the problem.

Microsoft has quietly fixed a software update it released last week, which effectively prevented Windows 10 users from connecting to the Internet or joining a local network.

It's unclear exactly which automatic update caused the problem or exactly when it was released—current (unconfirmed) signs point to KB3201845 released on December 9—but whatever it was appeared to break DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol), preventing Windows 10 from automatically acquiring an IP address from the network.

There's also little detail on how many people were affected or why, but multiple cases have been confirmed across Europe by many ISPs.  A Microsoft spokesperson has meanwhile confirmed that "some customers" had been experiencing "difficulties" getting online, but that's about it for public statements at present.

(Source: arsTECHNICA.co.uk, Microsoft)

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