Microsoft’s October 2018 Update for Windows 10 has had a rocky road to release. But now it’s finally available for anyone who wants it… sort of.

The company actually released the update in October, pulled the update after users reported it was deleting files from their PCs, and then re-released it last month after Microsoft decided it had squashed out the bugs responsible for the data loss.

But at that point the Windows 10 October 2018 Update was only available through Windows Update for select users (those the company was pretty sure had compatible hardware).

Now anyone running Windows 10 should just be able to manually click the “check for updates” button in Windows Update to get Windows 10 version 1809 (the October 2018 Update).

Microsoft does say the update is “fully available for advanced users,” (emphasis mine), since you’ll still need to manually check for updates. But Microsoft is one step closer to going from a botched release to a normal one, I guess.

The update, in case you’ve forgotten, brings new features including an optional Cloud Clipboard that lets you copy on one device and paste on another, a Timeline feature for Android phones using the Microsoft Launcher app, 157 new emoji, the ability to name folders in the Start Menu, and a new touchscreen keyboard powered by SwiftKey.

And hopefully it doesn’t delete user data unexpectedly anymore.

via Windows Latest

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10 replies on “Windows 10 October 2018 Update is now available for anyone who wants it”

  1. I’m not sure how to approach future Windows updates. I had to deal with a small drive which turned the update into a nightmare. Not once, not twice, not three times, not four time, but more than that. A complete update/system failure. I’ll wait to see what people are saying before doing anything again. In 2018 it’s hard to imagine such a bloated OS that is too FAT to fit on a system stripped of every file in order to manage (and fail) at updating. I’m not sure who to blame. The manufacturers who released 32GB systems or the guys who working on this OS for the planet for that last hundred years.

    1. I have no problem at all deciding how to approach future Windows updates – I’m going to switch to a Chromebook with the only question being which of the current premium level hardware offerings I’ll choose to buy.

      The big issue I foresee from all this is how much effort it may take me to get my wife’s computer transitioned onto a CB!

    2. I can’t believe 32GB Windows devices are still being made, but checking yesterday there are still a lot of them. Microsoft has made the install process take less space, but you’re still asking for trouble with only 32GB.

      1. The way I see this? Microsoft is a partner with the manufacturers who build products that use THEIR OS. So Microsoft knows these devices exist. The fact they essentially don’t give a S? I’m still processing that. Think about the resources, talent, experience they have with the Windows OS and consider just how bloated this nonsense has become. It’s an embarrassment.

        1. I should clarify that Microsoft’s solution for not having enough storage IS A TOTAL FAIL. It was the only path I could take and it left me with a dead, non functional OS each attempt. They released a solution that is obviously full of bugs and actually breaks the entire OS. If this wasn’t Microsoft it might be excusable. It would appear that they didn’t adequately test their own solution prior to releasing it. But hey, but their stock rocks!

  2. I have had Timeline for android for while. It was part of a Microsoft Launcher for Android app update.

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