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Microsoft Drops Support for Problematic Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Microsoft recently announced (opens in new tab) that it will drop support for the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, which is officially known as Windows 10 version 1809, on May 12.

Saying the Windows 10 October 2018 Update's release was messy would be an understatement. Microsoft released (opens in new tab) the update in October 2018, pulled it because of problems, released it again (opens in new tab) in November 2018, pulled it because of more issues and then made it available (opens in new tab) to most systems running Windows 10 (opens in new tab) in December 2018.

Soon the company will be able to wash its hands of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. Microsoft said it will stop receiving security updates on May 12, and if people who continue to use Windows 10 version 1809 after that date contact its customer support, they will be told to update to the latest version of Windows 10.

The following versions of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update will be affected:

  • Windows 10 Home, version 1809
  • Windows 10 Pro, version 1809
  • Windows 10 Pro for Education, version 1809
  • Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, version 1809
  • Windows 10 IoT Core, version 1809
Nathaniel Mott
Nathaniel Mott

Nathaniel Mott is a freelance news and features writer for Tom's Hardware US, covering breaking news, security, and the silliest aspects of the tech industry.

  • Pat Flynn
    I wonder if this will have any effect on Server 2019 support - it runs on 1809.
  • Snipergod87
    It won't. And this article is rather pointless, Microsoft drops support for all branches older than 1.5 years, which 1809 will be when 2003 comes out, just like they dropped 1803, 1709,1703 etc
    Windows Server (Desktop Experience) uses the LTSR branch which is different in terms of much longer support windows.