Windows 10 Can Crash Due to WiFi Connection

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Microsoft is sending out a great update to fix a problem in Windows 10. In some cases, connecting to a WPA3 network may cause the system to crash.


Update KB5001028 addresses a bug that recently crept into Windows 10 (from version 1909). This ensures that the operating system gets a blue crash screen (BSOD) when connecting to a WPA3 WiFi network. It concerns error 0x7E in nwifi.sys.

So the problem is not common, but it needs to be addressed. Microsoft warns that it can happen more often after you first disconnect from a network, or when your device wakes up from sleep or hibernation.

The problem does not occur with WPA2, which most WiFi networks still use today. WPA3 is more secure, but it is still relatively young and therefore not yet supported.

According to Microsoft, the bug appeared after two recent updates, KB4598298 (since January 21) and KB4601315 (since February 9, last patch Tuesday.

You can update your computer automatically, or download the update for your system yourself from Microsoft the problem. Instead of not immediately update, it is recommended, among other things, to use a physical Ethernet connection or to choose a WPA2 network.

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