Just a couple of days after releasing its usual crop of Patch Tuesday updates to all supported Windows versions, Microsoft today announced that it is releasing an out-of-band update for Windows 10 version 1909 and the corresponding Windows Server version 1909. The update bearing knowledge base article KB5001028 and build number 18363.1379 brings with it a singular fix for the Wi-Fi connection issues when using WPA3.
The issue originated in build 18363.1350 that was served as an optional update to users back in January. For those that did not opt to install this build, the same packages were rolled into this month’s Patch Tuesday updates, possibly causing more users to report the issues as they began updating their devices. The company notes in the issues log that the issue only affects WPA3 connections. The update also retains the known issues documented during the Patch Tuesday updates.
Here is the official changelog:
Addresses an issue that causes stop error 0x7E in nwifi.sys when you attempt to use a Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3) connection. This issue occurs after installing KB4598298 or KB4601315.
Additionally, since the issue affects Windows 10 version 1909 alone, one of the workarounds suggested by the Redmond giant was to upgrade to the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004) or newer. With version 1909 reaching the end-of-support in May this year, it is no surprise that the company is beginning to push more users to the latest versions. After its end of support, all supported versions of the OS will be receiving the same servicing updates, since 21H1 – which is expected to be released this spring – might also be an enablement package, just like version 20H2.
As for today’s cumulative update, it will be served to users via Windows Update automatically. Alternatively, you can also head to the Update Catalog here to download the update manually.