Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Microsoft Re-Releases Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Outlines Rigorous QC Regimen

Microsoft Re-Releases Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Outlines Rigorous QC Regimen

After a series of problems, which Microsoft has described as "small but serious", the initial rollout for the Windows 10 October 2018 Update was paused while Microsoft investigated the problems.

The issue has apparently been resolved, and Microsoft is resuming the update.

The update is now available again to early adopters who are willing to manually install it, but generally speaking, Microsoft is proceeding with caution.

The original release of the October Update 2018 for Windows 10 was marred by problems including users complaining that the download had steamrollered through existing data on the drive, that ZIP file contents were being unrecoverably borked and, most recently, issues surrounding file associations which were resolved by this week's Patch Tuesday.

It brings new features to Windows 10, chief among them a new integration with Android phones. But, unlike the release earlier this year where Microsoft aggressively rolled out 1803, the company is slowing down the cadence this time around.

Once a product is ready, heading to the settings menu of the system and pressing "check for updates" should present users with a prompt to receive the new operating system.

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Windows 10 1809 is still being called the October update and is available now in ISO, via Windows Update, and other areas where you can typically find the bits. Just like before, when Pause is enabled, some updates, like Windows Defender definition updates, will continue to be installed.

It appears Microsoft is focusing on UI improvements rather extensively in Windows 10 19H1, with plans to implement Fluent Design into even more of the Windows Shell.

The October Update was a surprise in that Microsoft didn't test it with the Windows Insider Program's Release Preview ring, which is where production builds are usually tested before release.

"In addition to extensive internal validation, we have taken time to closely monitor feedback and diagnostic data from our Windows Insiders and from the millions of devices on the Windows 10 October Update, and we have no further evidence of data loss", Cable added.

Windows 10 version 1809 also can be actively downloaded.

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