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Microsoft finally resumes rollout of troubled Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Posted on 13th November 2018

Microsoft is resuming the rollout of the next big feature update to Windows 10 after a month-long hiatus to fix a series of bugs.

The rollout of build 1809, originally known as the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, was halted on October 6th, after a number of PCs were hit by a file-wiping bug. Following the decision to pause the rollout, a number of other issues were discovered with build 1809, including incorrect information about CPU utilization, an issue handling .ZIP folders, and driver clashes.

Now Microsoft has announced build 1809 is available once again via the Windows 10 Download page, although it won't start arriving via Windows Update until a later date, and even then may take a long time to arrive due to the phased nature of the rollout.

Given the negative publicity associated with the bugs in build 1809, Microsoft appears to have taken its time fixing problems before resuming the update, rather than rush it out to hit the October deadline. Microsoft also announced the re-release of Windows Server 2019, which was affected by the same issue.

The October 2018 update offers various new features and tweaks aimed at home users and businesses.

Key additions include a dark mode for Microsoft apps, cloud clipboard, which provides a history of copied and clipped content across different devices, and new Storage Sense options for automatically clearing hard drive space. Meanwhile, IT pros get a simpler interface for controlling system security and various command line and Windows Subsystem for Linux improvements.

Microsoft says it will watch the update carefully to make sure everything runs smoothly.

If you want to install the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, you can go to the "Check for updates" function in your computer's settings.