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.
But in October, 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, three months after the bungled release, Microsoft is finally publicly rolling it out again and is automatically pushing it to Windows 10 users. Are you ready for it?
Deployment is still slow
Microsoft is, at last, pushing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update automatically to the public after a lengthy period of quality testing and bug squashing. The company has pulled updates before, but this three-month gap is the longest instance we've seen so far.
Although the update was actually re-released back in November to a limited number of compatible machines, that rollout was also mired with bugs and problems.
Hopefully, this time around, this version will have all the major bugs and incompatibilities resolved.
Microsoft is still playing it safe with this release. Even with its automatic deployment and installation via Windows Update, it will still be rolled out in phases.
Similar to its re-release one month ago, Microsoft will only push it out to Windows machines that have configurations known to be compatible with the update.
If they detect that there are lingering problems, such as device and application incompatibilities, the update won't be installed to a particular machine until the issue is resolved.
As the update is made available to more computers and more telemetry data is gathered, Microsoft will then use this information to detect any remaining issues, such as device and application incompatibilities.
The question now is this -- will Microsoft still release a major update in April? With all the delays and the slow deployment of the October 2018 Update, will we even see its follow-up in the first half of 2019?
Not sure about updating? Here's how to defer or postpone Windows updates
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?
As we've been telling you, with all the bugs and quality issues that have been plaguing Microsoft's software products lately, it's not a good idea to update early, especially if you rely on your machine for your daily tasks.
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 7 or 8.1
It's quite simple to stop Automatic Updates on Windows 7 or 8.1. Just go to Start >> Control Panel >> System and Security, then click "Turn automatic updating on or off" under the Windows Update section. Just set this setting to "Never check for updates (not recommended)" then click OK.
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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