Microsoft pauses Windows 10 version 1809 rollout
Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 version 1809, the October 2018 Update for Windows 10 on October 2, 2018 officially.
The company published updated tools to upgrade to a new version of Windows 10 and enabled the update on Windows Update as well but only for users and administrators who clicked on the "check for updates" button manually in the Windows Update interface.
Reports started to emerge soon thereafter that, once again, updates were not processing as smoothly as possible for some users. User reports suggested that personal files were deleted on some machines and that there were a number of issues next to that.
Microsoft itself blocked updates for devices with certain hardware or software configurations outright as these configurations were known to have issues with the new version of Windows 10.
The company posted an update on the official Windows 10 version 1809 support page on the Microsoft website on October 5, 2018. There it revealed that it decided to pause the roll out of the update because of data loss reports by users who performed the upgrade on PCs.
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.
When Microsoft released Windows 10 version 1809 to the Insider Channel, some users reported the exact same issue.
Microsoft urges customers to wait with the installation of the Windows 10 feature update; users who downloaded the ISO files manually or created installation media are urged not to install it until new media is available.
The company plans to update the support article when rollouts will resume.
Windows 10 users and administrators will notice that Microsoft pulled the update from Windows Update but also from other company sites. The company pulled the Media Creation Tool for Windows 10 version 1809 from its website as well.
It remains to be seen if Microsoft is fast enough to produce a patch so that rollouts can commence next Tuesday on the official company Patch Day of the month.
Microsoft's track record of releasing feature updates for Windows 10 that break things for some users continues. Our recommendation, to wait with the installation of feature updates to make sure early bugs are sorted out, still stands. Admins who don't want to wait with updates need to create full system backups so that they may restore the previous version should things go wrong.
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