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Windows 10 October 2018 Update re-released - Should you wait?

Windows 10 October 2018 Update re-released - Should you wait?

Update: Just like we told you, you should wait to update the re-released Windows 10 October 2018 update. This buggy update has revealed some new bugs, even in its re-released version.

Microsoft has acknowledged one bug with the re-release, and there's another problem that some experts are saying they've noticed.

The acknowledged bug can break some file associations on some Win32 programs, which means they can't be set as defaults. Programs like Photoshop and Notepad can't be opened by default with this bug. It's annoying but can be worked around by selecting your preferred programs, but you'll have to do it every time.

Microsoft says it'll fix this issue late this month.

Other users have reported a bug in iCloud with Windows. Microsoft will have to work with Apple to fix this, but in the meantime, PC users with iCloud will be blocked from the update. You'll get an error message if you try.

Our advice still holds: Wait awhile before you install the October update, until these glitches and any others that are found can be fixed. Scroll down to find out how to delay updates if your computer downloads them automatically.

Original story: The big Windows 10 October 2018 Update was supposed to bring few updated features like improved Storage Sense, a Your Photos desktop pin, an updated Emoji panel, more Fluent Design user interface improvements, multitasking Sets and improved game modes.

However, last month, Microsoft halted its public rollout just days after its release due to numerous complaints that it was deleting large chunks of user files.  It was later confirmed that the bug affected Windows 10 users who have previously turned on a feature called "Known Folder Redirection."

After its investigation, Microsoft finally resumed the Windows 10 October 2018 Update rollout (with the file deletion fixes) to members of the Windows Insider Program for further testing and to resolve any lingering issues.

Now, 36 days after its pullout, Microsoft is set to re-release the troubled update yet again.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update is back

Microsoft has re-released its Windows 10 October 2018 Update to the public after weeks of quality testing and bug squashing in the hands of Windows Insiders. The company has pulled updates before but this month-long hiatus is the longest instance we've seen so far.

Here's what John Cable, Director of Program Management for Windows Servicing and Delivery, wrote on the official Windows Blog:

"On November 13, 2018, we will begin the re-release of the Windows 10 October Update (version 1809), Windows Server 2019, and Windows Server, version 1809. We encourage you to wait until the feature update is offered to your device automatically."

Why the unprecedented delay? Cable wrote that they've "taken time to closely monitor feedback and diagnostic data" from Windows Insiders testers this time.

Remember Microsoft made changes to the Windows 10 feedback due to this issue. The tool now gives beta testers the ability to impact the severity of a reported bug.

Slower rollout this time

Microsoft is not taking any chances with this re-release, either. Cable noted that they're taking a "more measured approach with the October Update" and they're slowing down its rollout to monitor device health data more carefully.

This means Microsoft will only push out the update to your machine if data shows that it won't cause any issues. If they detect that there are lingering problems, such as device and application incompatibilities, the update won't be installed to your particular machine -- that is, until the issue is resolved.

Even advanced users and early adopters who manually check for updates will be affected by this revised rollout process since Microsoft will be throttling its availability.

It looks like Microsoft is being extra cautious with their updates from now on. I can't blame them, it's been a rough ride for Windows Updates this year.

Due to this change, the company is also planning on adding a Windows update status dashboard soon to provide more information on why a particular update is getting blocked on a particular machine.

Click here to read Microsoft's official blog post.

Update available to you? Please wait it out

Based on all the tweaks Microsoft did to its Windows Update rollout, it might take a while before the October 2018 Update actually hits your computer. Even then, should you update?

With all the bugs and quality issues that have been plaguing Microsoft's software products this year, it's not a good idea to update early, especially if you rely on your machine for your daily tasks.

Note: In fact, even Windows Phone users (yep, apparently, they still exist) have been hit with Windows Update troubles. Users are now complaining that the latest Windows Phone update broke their Mail and Calendar apps. If you're still rocking this almost-dead platform, please don't update to the latest build.

The same goes with Windows 10. If you're looking to apply the update as soon as it hits your PC, please reconsider. Wait it out a little bit and hope that it's stable enough to install.

There are ways to delay and postpone updates on Windows 10. Here's how:

How to defer or postpone Windows updates

If you're the kind of person who wants to wait and see if a particular Windows update has machine-breaking bugs before you apply it, you can try and delay your updates. Here's how:

Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise

If you have Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you can defer or postpone for a few months.

To adjust this schedule, click the "Update & Security" icon under Settings and go to the "Windows Update" tab. You'll see what updates are available. Click on "Advanced Options."

Here, there's the "Defer feature update" option to postpone certain updates. Don't worry if you can't find this option if you have the Windows 10 Home version since deferring updates only works for the Pro and Enterprise versions of Windows 10.

Windows 10 Home Edition - use Metered Connection

With the Windows 10 Home Edition, there's no real way to turn off Automatic Updates.

Windows 10 Home users are limited to what they can do with updates but you can slow them down by toggling Metered Connection to "On" under your Network settings.

Since a Metered Connection is designed to save bandwidth, Windows won't automatically download the updates.

Here's how you do this:

  1. Search for "Change Wi-Fi settings" on your taskbar.
  2. Click on "Advanced Options."
  3. Toggle "Metered Connection" to On.

Keep in mind that this only works if you're connected via Wi-Fi. If your computer is connected via Ethernet cable, you'll have to switch to a Wi-Fi connection to get the metered connection option.

Note: Need more Windows 10 Update troubleshooting tips, click here to check out the guide.

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