Microsoft rolled out its next major feature update on October 2, 2018. This feature update came with an unusual bug; it was deleting user files during the upgrade. For the first few days, the bug went unacknowledged by Microsoft. Since then, an investigation has been launched and the bug seems to be persistent enough that Microsoft has put the Windows 10 October 2018 update on hold.
What this means is that users will no longer be able to download the next feature update via Windows update.
Update To October 2018 Update
Since Microsoft has pulled the update, it means the company is advising users to refrain from installing it and you really ought to listen to them. Some users who weren’t too keen on updating right away given the track record that Windows 10 updates have had already paused the updates for 30 days. In this case, the update never downloads to your system. If however, the update has already downloaded to your system, you can install it. Once the files are on your system, there’s nothing keeping you from upgrading.
If you must upgrade to the next version, make sure you’ve got everything backed up, and it’s better if you do a clean install instead of an upgrade. If you don’t have the update, but still want to move to Windows 10 1809, you can try one of the Insider Builds, or you can find a torrent file for the October 2018 update (make sure you use a genuine product key. Software piracy is a crime).
If you desperately need to update to this new version, and a clean install is out of the question, back up everything. For Windows 10 Pro users, there is one fix that might prevent data loss but you should take all necessary precautions to be on the safe side.
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October 2018 Update Availability
It will take a little time for Microsoft to push out a stable, bug-free version of the October update but it shouldn’t take longer than one month. You ought to have a stable version show up under Windows Update soon. If you already have the older version downloaded, you want to delete it first. The update, once it’s available, will be downloaded unless you’ve deferred updates. To be on the safe side, you can Google when the update is available and wait a few days to see if the problem with it has been fixed or not.
This is the second botched major update that Microsoft has rolled out. The April update had problems but they were caught before the update rolled out to users.