Microsoft Releases ‘Fixed’ Build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update to Insiders

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.



  1. Jeff Schaffer

    October 10, 2018 at 6:31 am

    After I manually downloaded and rebooted the brightness was set at 50%.
    After resetting to 100% both would revert to 50% after rebooting.
    I have this problem on a laptop and a workstation desktop.
    Both were always set at 100% brightness.
    After Tuesdays update the laptop boots at 100% however the desktop still boots to 50%

  2. Brendan Watts

    October 10, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Do you know if they will force this Revised Update on everybody? As in those of us who had no Major problems with the Original update itself?

  3. Nat Ray

    October 10, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    I was one of the unfortunate caught by the flawed ‘Feature Update’. While I had no files deleted, I experienced the brightness reduction on my HP laptop, but not on the two HP desktops. Notifications on all machines were broken. I no longer receive notification banners for any apps, or functions, i.e. Printing, Input Director, Photos, AutoPlay, Audio, Settings, Security and Maintenance. These so-called ‘Feature Updates’ should be as a doctor’s creed: Do no harm!

  4. Laszlo Herczeg

    October 11, 2018 at 10:43 am

    I had 2 very serious problems. (1) Microsoft EDGE could not display any Webpage. (2) An even bigger problem Outlook could not connect to its server. My IT Dept worked on this for 4 hours finally giving up. I did the roll back to V1803 17134.320, and all worked fine again. Now I’m very concerned of the latest V1809 17763.55 if it in fact resolves the Office Problem.

  5. Nat Ray

    October 11, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    10/11/2018 This morning I attempted to apply a System Image Recovery. To my utter horror the Advance System Image Recovery is no longer available on one of my three machines, but is on the other two. Thank GOD these aren’t Enterprise machines.

  6. Nat Ray

    October 12, 2018 at 6:38 am

    10/12/2018 After restoring each node from a backup; my machines are back on line! . . . The big question is:

    How do we protect ourselves from Microsoft?

  7. Roger W. Knight

    April 18, 2019 at 11:34 am

    I avoided Windows 10 problems by continuing to use Windows 7. Windows 7 WORKS. Windows 10 is as buggy as a roach motel. It hijacks the boot order of any machine with multiple hard drives, and does “something” that causes all of the other hard drives to boot into CHKDSK. I found out that by disabling the fast start up feature of Windows 10, I can keep it from discombobulating the other hard drives, but that just solves ONE problem with Windows 10. Microsoft knew about this from the beginning but elected not to tell us about it. I refuse to log on to my Hotmail account from a Windows 10 computer. When I log off from my e-mail account, the next time ANY USER attempts to log on to his e-mail account, it opens up MY e-mails for him to see WITHOUT REQUIRING USER NAME AND PASSWORD. Now we’re going to trashcan Windows 7 in 2020. Microsoft now tells us that upgrading an existing computer to Windows 10 is “not recommended”.

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