Re: Bricked networking ?
By sheer chance I came across a youtube video that went through two stages of checking / fixing the connection, #1 was the "obvious" check the network cable was in (mine was, I was playing a game on it when it decided to hide under the bed and lose connection), and #2 was how to reset the networking with netsh etc...
Of course, I knew #1 was OK because I was using it when it took itself offline, so went to #2, only to find that didn't work either.
Back to the drawing board, and some more searches, and read a random one relating to the use of multiple routers, where Win 10 didn't want to play with one of the routers after the update.
It didn't really apply to me, since I only have one router, and a 5 port switch linking a couple of printers - but for the sheer hell of it having read about sudden "lost" hardware compatibility, I bypassed the switch and took the main incoming network cable direct to the computer.
What the merry f*ck is going on if a bog-standard Asus switch now breaks windows 10 - what's next ? - will plugging in a card reader cause downtime ?