Microsoft Re-releasing Windows 10 October Update (1809) Today

More than a month after pulling the Windows 10 October Update, build 1809, Microsoft is re-releasing it to the general public.

"On November 13, 2018, we will begin the re-release of the Windows 10 October Update (version 1809), Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server, version 1809," it reads on the Windows 10 update history page. "We encourage you to wait until the feature update is offered to your device automatically."

Update, 11/13, 3:30 p.m. ET: John Cable, director of program management, Windows servicing and delivery put up a blog post announcing the re-release. Additionally, Windows vice president Michael Fortin wrote a post about how Microsoft's "approach to quality" for Windows 10.

The Windows 10 October Update was yanked because a number of issues. Some users found that their files were being deleted. There were also a bunch of driver issues and a bug where the File Explorer didn't ask for confirmation before overwriting files were moved from .zip folders to uncompressed folders of the same name. 

Pulling 1809 also meant that some systems with Snapdragon 850 CPUs and Intel 9th generation Core processors weren't officially supported, though Microsoft has changed that for Snapdragon 850 on the Windows 10 datasheet.

The October Update was a surprise in that Microsoft didn't test it with the Windows Insider Program's Release Preview ring, which is where production builds are usually tested before release. The more-than-a-month-long problem had some analysts calling for Microsoft to change how it develops Windows 10 entirely and saying that two feature updates a year may be too much.

New features in Windows 10 1809 include the Your Phone app, security improvements and upgrades to wireless projection.

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  • Ctrlx
    "....The October Update was a surprise in that Microsoft didn't test it with it with the Windows Insider Program's Release Preview ring..."
    ...it with it with?
  • WildCard999
    Is this going to fix the Windows activation issue?
  • stdragon
    So it is the exact same build re-released prior to be pulled, or does it have the subsequent patches now rolled into it?

    It would be awful silly of them to release it again as-is only to be officially supported with patching it via Windows Update after the fact.