Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Microsoft has rolled back the Windows 10 October 2018 Update aka version 1809 from the Microsoft download portal and Windows Update site.

Another user in that Microsoft support thread reports losing over 100GB of data, although some of their files were still present in OneDrive. These files are a copy of C drive including Users folders which includes AppData, Desktop, Documents, Favourites, Links, etc. Normally during an update, if Windows cannot preserve the files in place, they will be moved to a freshly-created Windows.old folder, so you can find and replace them, but the impacted users are saying they are not there. "Seamless integration with Azure IoT Edge brings cloud intelligence and analytics securely to Windows 10 IoT devices at scale", it noted. In the meantime, Microsoft advises anyone who has manually downloaded the update, but hasn't yet installed it, to wait until the next update becomes available before installing.

If you're having issues after installing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, you can recover back to the previous update by heading into Settings Update & Security Recovery. It's unclear when the update will be made available again. My own two machines experienced no issues with the update.

It's a new month, which means it's time to update that Windows 10 program. It's not yet clear when Microsoft will resume the rollout of its latest feature update. If you still have files there, you weren't one of the unfortunate few to have been affected. Many Redditors and Microsoft forum users complained regarding the issue, and it looks like the company has listened to them.

Microsoft presents a list of features that were removed or outdated in the next version of Windows 10. Soon the case could go to trial, since the users have lost important personal data. This new version of Windows comes with many changes and many improvements both visually and under the hood.

There are so many Windows apps out there, that picking a list of the very best, most must-install software for your desktop or laptop feels daunting.