Windows 10 May Update breaks Wi-Fi on old Qualcomm drivers

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Windows 10 v1903 breaks Wi-Fi connectivity Qualcomm drivers

Users reported on Reddit that Windows 10 v1903 sometimes causes loss of Wi-Fi connectivity. For example, one user indicated that this problem may appear on older computers:

Some older computers may experience loss of Wi-Fi connectivity due to an outdated Qualcomm driver. An updated Wi-Fi driver should be available from your device manufacturer (OEM).
To safeguard your upgrade experience, we have applied a hold on devices with this Qualcomm driver from being offered Windows 10, version 1903, until the updated driver is installed.

So, the issue as described here by Qualcomm appears because the device and/or its drivers are outdated. Rest assured, this issue does not occur because there is an inherent problem in this respect with the recent Windows 10, version 1903.

Therefore, you need to first install the latest version of the driver, and only then install the update.

Unfortunately, this solution may not work for all users.

Wi-Fi connectivity issues after Windows v1903

The OP added that the driver was updated to the latest driver found, but still encountered some issues:

my wifi connected like for 2 minutes and then i couldn’t open anything on any browser or spotify or check for updates or anything. But it said I had internet access, weird.

The issues appear to be related to some driver settings, and not to the internet connection itself. In any case, Microsoft has yet to offer an official explanation for this problem.

Have you encountered any issues with your Qualcomm driver after the recent Windows 10 update? Let us know in the comment section below.