Microsoft pulled Windows 10 1809 three days after launch due to a file deletion bug. Today the company is rolling out a ‘fixed’ version to Windows Insiders.
Over the weekend we told you that Microsoft pulled the Windows 10 October 2018 Update due to a large number of users complaining that their personal files were being deleted. The company explained it was working on a fix to the file deletion bug and would start rolling out the update again. Late yesterday afternoon the company started to do just that. The company is now rolling it out to Insiders for testing before broadly releasing to consumers.
Updated Version of Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Microsoft announced it will start rolling out a fixed version Windows 10 October 2018 Update but only to Insiders for now. “We have fully investigated all reports of data loss, identified and fixed all known issues in the update, and conducted internal validation. Also, Microsoft Support and our retail stores customer service personnel are available at no charge to help customers,” writes Microsoft’s John Cable. Microsoft also says there were few reports on data loss, at a rate of one one-hundredth of one percent. The bug caused file deletion for users who had enabled Known Folder Redirection to redirect to local folders like Desktop, Documents, and Pictures.
Microsoft says it will monitor feedback from Insiders related to this re-released build of Windows 10 1809 “with the utmost vigilance” and will start to roll it out to consumers once it is confident the file deletion bug has been fixed. Cable continues, “Once we have confirmation that there is no further impact we will move towards an official re-release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.”
In the end, it’s good Microsoft pulled the update early after only three days of the initial launch. In fact, unless you did a manual download of the update or specifically went to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update to find it, most user’s shouldn’t have seen it.
Still, it’s important to note that Microsoft’s new “Windows as a Service” plan pushes out a major feature update twice a year. If you don’t want to get these updates until you are ready to install them, read our article on how to delay or defer Windows 10 feature updates. And always ensure you have a solid data backup strategy.
Did you download Windows 10 October 2018 Update version 1809 during the first three days? Did you have problems with deleted files? Let us know in the comment section below.