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Microsoft Finally Re-Releases Windows 10 October 2018 Update Version 1809

After a messy initial launch, Micorosft today is finally re-releasing Windows 10 October 2018 Update. This time without any of the data loss bugs.

Microsoft today announced it is releasing Windows 10 version 1809 aka “October 2018 Update” today after it was pulled offline last month. The feature update was originally pulled last month after three days after a number of users reported missing files. The company continued to limit the rollout of fixed versions to Windows Insiders only. Those releases even introduced other bugs including a ZIP file issue and are the reason it has taken the company so long to do this final re-release.

The entire rollout this time has been a mess, but everything should be fixed at this point. The company is slowly rolling out Build 17763.107 to the rest of the public starting today. However, Microsoft is urging people to wait for the update to become available naturally via Windows Update automatically and not rush to manually install it. In a blog post today, Microsoft exec John Cable writes:

We will offer the October Update to users via Windows Update when data shows your device is ready and you will have a great experience. If we detect that your device may have an issue, such as an application incompatibility, we will not install the update until that issue is resolved, even if you “Check for updates,” so you avoid encountering any known problems.

And to be honest, while there are some interesting new features in 1809, there isn’t anything that is “vital” to your computing needs. It’s good that Microsoft is taking a more cautious approach this time. In fact, the company released another article today titled: Windows 10 Quality Approach for a Complex Ecosystem. The article explains how quality control is done in this new age of Windows as a Service (Waas). It also explains the changes the company is going to make to “develop, deliver and update Windows.”

Windows 10 October 2018 Update Version 1809

Here is a look at what has been fixed in this final re-release of this year’s second big feature update:

  • Addresses an issue that incorrectly implies that user policies have not been applied after configuring a user rights Group Policy setting. Reporting tools, such as RSOP.MSC or Gpresult.exe /h, do not show the user rights policies or display a red “X” instead.
  • Addresses an issue that degrades Internet Explorer performance when you use roaming profiles or you don’t use the Microsoft Compatibility List.
  • Addresses additional issues with updated time zone information.
  • Addresses an issue that causes a black screen to appear after turning on the display on some servers.
  • Addresses an issue that causes a long delay in taking a photo using the Camera app in certain lighting conditions.
  • Addresses a performance issue with vSwitch on network interface cards (NIC) that do not support Large Send Offload (LSO) and Checksum Offload (CSO).
  • Addresses an issue that may cause applications to lose IPv4 connectivity when IPv6 is unbound.
  • Addresses an issue that may break connectivity on guest VMs on the server when applications inject the low-resource flag on packets.

Overall the beta testing from Windows Insiders has been relatively good and the major data loss issues appear to have been fixed. However, you might want to make sure your PC is set to delay Windows Updates for at least a month. Because major Windows updates can go awry, we also highly urge everyone to make certain that you have implemented a solid data backup strategy.


5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Ziggy  

    I am really tired of Microsoft’s “service” model when offering updates to its clientele, especially the 6 monthly version upgrades that give one massive migraine. All I want is an operating system that allows me to run programs, connect to the internet, and read my emails. Simple because I have simple needs. I do not need fancy apps because I have no need for them. At the very least, give Win Home users the luxury of deferring version updates so that I,for one,can get on with my simple needs in the world of computing.

    • @Ziggy You’re not alone in thinking that. I’ve been covering these updates since Windows 10 was first released and this one has been a complete debacle. So much so, it’s hard for me to keep up with it all :)

      In fact, it’s a much larger headache for small businesses who can’t afford full-on Microsoft Enterprise support.

      The problem with Windows 10 Home is you can’t defer feature updates as you can in Pro. You can certainly stop them, but you’re not getting the quality updates that improve performance and stability (although you still get the security updates). With Pro, you can defer the feature updates for up to a year, and still receive the security updates.

      Have you tried stopping these updates on Home using the Metered Connection? We have covered it before in the article linked below (toward the end of the piece). But perhaps it’s time to do a standalone article on dealing with Feature Updates for people who have the Home version. Too often we forget about it cuz we all have Pro.

      https://www.groovypost.com/howto/delay-defer-block-windows-10-fall-creators-update/

      • Ziggy  

        @Brian. Nope, haven’t used the metered connection trick but I’ve also read that people still get caught out with that possibility as well. The Windows Update Tool is available and one can defer using that tool, but it’s pretty much hit and miss. Turning off Windows Update as a service can help but it’s not the way to go especially if one still wishes to receive security fixes. There are tools offered on sites that can do it for you but I’m not too keen on them either. Microsoft just needs give Home users the option to defer if they wish – at least until most (if not all!) bugs are ironed out. Maybe I should start charging M/soft for the endless hours one has to put in to just sort out their bugs with searches on the internet for “possible” fixes. If M/soft consider their Windows Ten as a service then all I ask for is a better service that gives me greater satisfaction with their product.

        • Actually, in the next feature update coming next Spring, Microsoft is going to give users more control over updates including the ability to pause them from the Windows Update section. But I am not sure if that will apply to HOME. I’m downloading the 19H1 Insider build on a Windows Home machine now. I will update on what I find.

          • Ziggy  

            @Brian. Thanks for that info’ Brian. I’ll be following this thread with keen intent! And, as always, keep up the great work at Groovypost… By the way, have you ever tried Linux as an operating system? Would be interested to hear your thoughts on that. Have heard much about it but never ventured to take the plunge. Used a live CD once (interesting concept) but haven’t gone the full monty, so to speak!

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