Microsoft has quietly stopped the rollout of its latest update to Windows 10, the October 2018 Update. The company kicked off the update’s rollout earlier this week at its New York event. The rollout started off fairly well, though some users started reporting major issues with the update.
One of those major issues includes deletion of users’ personal files stored in folders like Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos. Once the update is installed, these files are being completely removed for some of the users, and there also isn’t any way of recovering them — at least for the time being. Other users are reporting issues with Microsoft’s Edge browser as well, though that’s not as major as personal files being deleted.
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Microsoft is now recommending users to not install the October 2018 Update until the company finds a fix for the issue. “We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating,” the company mentioned in a support document. Although Microsoft is only now acknowledging the issue, Windows Insiders have been reporting the bug for months on the Feedback Hub app.
It is unclear exactly how many users are affected by the issue, though that’s likely to be on the low levels mainly because Microsoft is rolling the update out in phases. The issue also doesn’t seem to be affecting every user that upgrades to the October 2018 Update, making it increasingly difficult for Microsoft to mitigate the problem.
Microsoft will likely roll out a fix for the issue as early as next week, resuming the rollout once again, though that’s yet to be confirmed. The October 2018 Update, in my experience, has been one of the more unstable feature updates for the OS in the recent times, and the latest incident just proves that yet again.
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<blockquote><em><a href="#350562">In reply to anchovylover:</a></em></blockquote><p>If Edge has some problems or lacks some critical features, than MS should get on with it and close those gaps once and for all no matter how long it takes. </p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>Then consider Chrome. Every time Google updates it, some people get annoyed and often the changes provide little or no value. </p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>So, no, once Edge is feature competitive (if it isn't already) updating it once a year would not kill it.</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#350307">In reply to A_lurker:</a></em></blockquote><p>"MS has not learned 'Unix Way' of having important parts of the OS being modular and independent of each other."</p><p><br></p><p>Yes, just look at the Linux kernel. Oh wait ..</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#350642">In reply to EZAB:</a></em></blockquote><p>I don't know about Firefox users who might be in a different class, but the average user doesn't care if Chrome is updated every 6-8 weeks or 1 to 2 years. </p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#350425">In reply to Maktaba:</a></em></blockquote><p>Or perhaps Nadella was polishing his nails instead of supervising Sarkar. Seriously we can criticize Sarkar without resorting to gender stereotypes. </p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#351172">In reply to Waethorn:</a></em></blockquote><p>Fashion blogger isn't her day job. Neil deGrasse Tyson performed the voice of Waddles the pig in "Gravity Falls" so he guess he must be a voice actor not a scientist.</p>
<p>I see stories on the news about people that have lost 5 years of pictures or whatever & that is terrible. Microsoft has unwillingly released what is essentially malware (or something that behaves like malware). But, it also amazes me that anyone, even a typical user, would have 5 years of photos not backed up somewhere. If Microsoft really wants to add valuable features, add a nag message saying "You have 600 gigs of files, photos and personal memories that will be gone forever when, not if, something happens to this computer. Please plug in an external hard drive and we'll back it up or for $59 a year, we'll store your files on our systems " </p>