Microsoft restarts Windows 10 October 2018 Update roll-out after deleted files concerns

Posted 14 November 2018 19:20 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Microsoft has restarted the roll-out of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update after it caused issues with some users. The update introduces additional privacy settings and security improvements. The first version that was released, on the 2nd of October, caused files to disappear for a limited number of users. Therefore, Microsoft decided to temporarily stop the distribution of the update.

In a blog post, Microsoft now reports all problems have been solved. The company writes it has paid special attention to feedback and telemetry data from systems on which the October 2018 Update was installed but which didn’t suffer from the data loss issue. After the data indicated there were no further data loss issues, Microsoft decided to restart the distribution of the Windows 10 update.

First, advanced users will be to manually download the update by searching for updates in Windows 10. After that, the October 2018 Update will become gradually available to other users. While this year’s April Update was the fastest distributed Windows 10 update ever, the October 2018 Update will be rolled-out much slower.

“We will offer the October Update to users via Windows Update when data shows your device is ready and you will have a great experience,” according to Microsoft’s  Director of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery,  John Cable.

When data indicates that the computer will have an issue with the October Update, e.g. when incompatible applications are installed, the update is not offered until the problem is resolved. Even when owners of such a system manually check for updates, the October Update will not be offered. Microsoft is also planning to add a “Windows Update Status Dashboard” next year. This dashboard should provide more information about possible problems that prevent the computer from installing an update.

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