I am sure you all know the story by now, but it never hurts to keep repeating the details, in the hope that there is never a repeat performance.
The Windows 10 October version 1809 update backstory
Microsoft released the October update in early October, 2018 (not very surprisingly), and the reports of bugs and glitches immediately started to roll in. So much so, that by October 6, Microsoft felt the need to withdraw the update.
The final straw was probably the update deleting files and folders, but there were so many bugs, that the final straw will probably never be known.
Why was the update such a disaster?
Good question. It turned out that Microsoft had decided, and I still don’t know why, that they would skip the Insiders Fast and Slow rings, and release it to the general public.
This was a staggeringly hubristic move on the part of Microsoft, and one that resulted in the sort of things that you would expect with a major update that had not been tested.
What were the results of this miscalculation?
Another good question. I was going to list all the bugs, but then I realised that were just too many. So here are some of the most problematic bugs instead.
- Deleting files and folders
- Broken mapped drives
- F5 VPN incompatibility issues
- iCloud issues
- The Blue Screen of Death
- Brightness controls on Surface devices
- Font substitution doesn’t work
The list goes on and on and on but I think you get the general idea. Here is the original report of the deleted files problem if you would like to take a look.
How do I get my update?
The easiest and safest way to get your update (and all updates) is to go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates.
Hopefully, this will be the last we hear of the October 2018 update as I am sure you are as bored with reading about it as I am bored with writing about it.
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