Wi-Fi Connections Broken in Windows 10
Ashley Allen / 4 years ago
Since the start of December, numerous Windows 10 users have been complaining to Microsoft that the operating system keeps losing Wi-Fi connectivity. The issue, for which Microsoft has no fix as of yet, seems to be due to an IP conflict which can only be solved (until it happens again) by rebooting your computer. Such issues usually follow a Windows Update; however, in this case, complaints date back to before the most recent update – KB3201845, which brings Windows 10 version 1607 up to build 14393.479 – by a few days.
One potential cause, posited by InfoWorld, could be fast startup, which sets the PC’s IP address to 169.x.x.x. If true, the issue is an old problem which was thought to be solved, but something has triggered it again. But this is merely speculation at this point.
Following complaints, Microsoft first addressed the issue on 8th December, saying:
“We are looking into reports that some customers are experiencing difficulty connecting to the Internet. We recommend customers restart their PCs, and if needed, visit https://support.microsoft.com/help/10741/windows-10-fix-network-connection-issues. To restart, select the Start button from the taskbar, click the Power button and choose Restart (notShut down).”
If you are experiencing this issue, it looks like you’ll be stuck with it until Microsoft issues a patch. In the meantime, get used to restarting your system.