Wi-Fi woes and broken browser target both young and old in Microsoft patch land

The bad news bus has continued rolling for hardware users, both young and old, as Wi-Fi issues affect Windows 10 and even Windows 8.1.

Following in the footsteps of broken audio in Windows 10, for which the company "estimates that a solution will be available at the end of September," according to its health control panel, the news comes that Wi-Fi is not happy on some machines that use Intel Centrino chippery.

The problem is an incompatibility issue with the Intel Centrino 6205/6235 and Broadcom 802.11ac Wi-Fi cards running Windows 10 1903 on certain NEC devices without Name.

Update those machines to 1903 and say goodbye to Wi-Fi, according to Microsoft. "Mitigation," as it is, is to disable and re-enable the adapter in Windows 10 Device Manager, which should revive things.

Until you restart, of course.

It could all be a cunning ploy to update users with the handy Disable-NetAdapter PowerShell command in a boot script. Or it could be just another sign that everything is not quite right on quality ground when it comes to Windows 10 1903.

The team is working on a "next version" solution, but advises that users with the hardware keep click on that button Update now until things have happened.

Of course, not only Windows 10 is being hit with the borkage bat. The latest Windows post also noticed a problem with the KB4516067 patch, released last week for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 users.

The problem is that Internet Explorer 11 may stop working. Which, in itself, is unlikely to be a problem for many. After all, there are many alternative browsers unless you have a specific site that demands the old.

However, for the two Surface RT users who do not use the best Microsoft photo frame as the glorious photo frame, the problem is critical. The dying Microsoft app store doesn't really offer many alternatives, and the devices are locked to everyone except for the most creative owners.

Maybe a hint that maybe it's time to move on from the previous Microsoft Arm experiment? ®

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