Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 update as users files went missing

Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 update as users files went missing”

A user took to the Microsoft support forum stating that 220GB worth of data, which he collected in 23 years just vanished from his system after making the update. Now, reports are suggesting that the company has made a mistake - including claims that a bug in the update is deleting personal files without warning.

Personally, I've disabled Windows Update entirely until this issue gets resolved, and it's probably best for you to do the same; temporarily, of course.

Microsoft is rolling out its second annual Windows 10 update, known as the October 2018 Update (or Redstone 5), and some users report having trouble with it.

This location is still present, with no files.

It's still not clear how widespread this deleted files issue is, but Microsoft can't afford to put personal files of Windows 10 users in danger any longer.

You can set your "Active hours" so that Windows won't automatically restart your machine, which is part of the install process, when you are using it.

Another user in that Microsoft support thread reports losing over 100GB of data, although some of their files were still present in OneDrive. The issue also doesn't seem to be affecting every user that upgrades to the October 2018 Update, making it increasingly hard for Microsoft to mitigate the problem. The company kicked off the update's rollout earlier this week at its NY event. Although Microsoft is only now acknowledging the issue, Windows Insiders have been reporting the bug for months on the Feedback Hub app. That's great right up until Microsoft releases an update that causes problems for the end user.

Users who wait for automated updates generally don't need to do anything, except make sure their machines haven't somehow downloaded the broken version yet, and maybe back up their files in case something goes terribly wrong. There's yet no official word from Microsoft on this situation, so we'd advise anyone installing the October 2018 Update to have a full backup handy.

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