Windows 10 Update: Microsoft resumes rollout of ill-fated October 2018 Update

Microsoft has resumed the rollout of its October 2018 Update six weeks after it was first made availableВ and subsequently pulled due to a number of serious flaws.

Version 1809, released on 3 October, was pulled just a few days later after reports of incompatibility issues with drivers, reduced battery life, and a file-deletion bug. Subsequent testing by Windows Insiders uncovered a series of further glitches, including a ZIP file-deletion bug.

The firm has assured users any document-deletion errors, in which entire folders were wiped in the most extreme cases, were resolved following extensive user-testing by Windows Insiders, and data analysis from "millions of devices".

"Based on this data, today we are beginning the re-release of the October Update by making it available via media and to advanced users who seek to manually check for updates," saidВ Microsoft's partner director of program management John Cable.

"As with all Windows releases, we will continue to carefully study the results, feedback and diagnostic data before we begin offering the update in phases to more devices in the coming weeks and months."

With this year's April Update seeing a very quick rollout, Cable added, the company decided to take a more measured approach in releasing its October package to consumer and business users.

Microsoft is advising users to wait for version 1809 to be made available to their machines as part of a phased approach, with the option still there to manually download via "Check for Updates". This is so the company can study device health data and release quick fixes.

"For those advanced users seeking to install the update early by manually using "Check for updates" in settings," Cable added, "know that we are slowly throttling up this availability, while we carefully monitor data and feedback."

Microsoft says it can establish whether a user's device has any driver incompatibility issues prior to downloading the October Update, and automatically block installation until the issue is resolved. The company has also promised a status dashboard within the next year that will provide more information on any issues that lead to update blocks.

The 30-month support lifecycle for the Education and Enterprise iterations of version 1809 will begin from 13 November, meanwhile, as will Windows 10 Pro's 18-month support lifecycle.

Microsoft has also released several tools for enterprises including an assessment and deployment kit (Windows ADK) for large-scale Windows deployment, and a 90-day enterprise evaluation kit for users to test Windows 10 Enterprise in their environments.