What a bumpy year for Windows Updates! Two months ago, Microsoft halted the public rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update 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."
This latest major feature 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, but bugs are preventing its smooth rollout yet again.
If you can recall, earlier this year, Microsoft's patches for Meltdown and Spectre were so riddled with bugs that it forced the company to release a bunch of emergency patches to either disable or rollback the fixes. Even the big Windows 10 April 2018 feature update was delayed and pulled back due to Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) issues.
After its investigation, Microsoft finally resumed the Windows 10 October 2018 Update general public rollout, albeit slowly, to compatible machines.
But just like we told you, if your machine receives the re-released Windows 10 October 2018 update, you might want to wait before you apply it. This buggy update has revealed some new bugs, even in its re-released version.
Microsoft has acknowledged at least three bugs with the re-release but it's promising to resolve the issues soon.
Our advice still holds: Wait a while before you install the Windows 10 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.
One acknowledged bug can break some file associations on some older Win32 programs, which means they can't be set as defaults.
For example, if you want to always open text (.txt) files with Notepad all the time, you normally go to Settings > Apps > Default apps and associate the file extension to your preferred application.
However, with the bug, since you can't select the affected programs as defaults, you'll have to reselect them each time, which can get annoying,
In some cases, reselecting the default program again fixes the issue, however, Microsoft says it'll resolve the problem for all users later this month.
iCloud syncing issues
Other users that iCloud for Windows is incompatible with the latest Windows 10 feature update preventing them from updating or syncing their Shared Albums.
Microsoft is currently working with Apple to fix this incompatibility, but for now, if your machine has iCloud for Windows installed, it will be blocked from receiving the Windows 10 October 2018 Update until further notice.
Windows Media Player is broken
Another issue that Microsoft acknowledged with the re-released Windows 10 October 2018 Update is the broken Seek Bar in Windows Media Player.
This means that if you're still using this ancient piece of Windows software memorabilia, you may not be able to scrub certain videos with its playback slider. Not a big deal since there are a number of better free media players out there like VLC or MediaMonkey.
Is Windows 10 getting too big and complex for its own good?
System-breaking bugs aside, it's concerning that staple Windows functions that have been relatively stable for years, like default file associations and Windows Media Player, are suddenly having issues after the recent updates.
In a blog post detailing the complexity of deploying updates, Microsoft's corporate vice president revealed that there are now over 700 million monthly active Windows 10 devices, over 35 million application titles with greater than 175 million application versions and 16 million unique hardware/driver combinations.
That's almost an infinite number of possibilities. Admittedly, that's a tall task for any software company to manage, especially with one that's aiming to release two major feature updates a year.
Maybe Microsoft needs to slow down a bit and revamp its Windows development process. A few more months in intense bug testing will undoubtedly be beneficial. I don't mind not having yearly feature updates as long as my machine is stable.
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 for 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:
- Search for "Change Wi-Fi settings" on your taskbar.
- Click on "Advanced Options."
- 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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