Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update


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Microsoft is re-releasing the Windows 10 October Update (version 1809) but don't expect it to appear in Windows Update right away.

Microsoft is planning a "slow, measured release" of Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019, which had the same issues. You might find the update if you manually check for it through Windows Update, or you can download it directly if you want to install it sooner. You might want to hold off on manually checking for updates or downloading the latest build since there's one unresolved issue that Microsoft has acknowledged. The bug breaks some file associations on some Win32 programs. Some programs such as Notepad and Photoshop can't be set as the default using the Open with... or Settings > Apps >Default apps. Microsoft's time frame for this issue to be fixed is late November 2018.

If you want to download Windows 10 version 1809 now, you can get it at the Microsoft Windows 10 page or at the Microsoft Update Catalog.
The Microsoft Update Catalog has the re-released Windows Server 2019 and ARM64 updates in addition to the 32 and 64 bit Windows 10 (1809) versions. The Windows 10 update history page is a good place to check on updates and issues.

Update: There's a bug in iCloud for Windows. Microsoft is working with Apple on a fix, in the meantime, PC users with iCloud are blocked from installing this update. Trying to install it will get you a Windows doesn't support that version of iCloud message. (h/t 9to5Mac)

Further reading from Microsoft on the issue:

Blog post from Michael Fortin,Windows Corporate Vice President:
Windows 10 Quality approach for a complex ecosystem

Blog post from John Cable, Director of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery
Resuming the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

If you still run 32 bit programs on your system, you might want to wait to update. So far the list of programs where file associations are broken is small, but there are probably more programs that it would impact. 

(h/t Extreme Tech)

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Being that i'm a home user, i refused the Windows 10 update on my computers. Tried to install 10 on 2 and was refused anyway. But, the September update for W 7 was set for automatic. On my new to me laptop. and i always set updates to notify me but leave install to my choice. For a day and a half the laptop slowed and froze and i wondered why? Investigated into updates and found that over a 9 hour period Windows tried to download and install September update 6500+ times. Each time rejecting the update.
After throwing out some 4 pieces of TV hardware when Windows 7 and ATI- er- AMD wouldn't update drivers after upgrading from W XP, i won't run W 10. Or AMD hardware. Dual booting Linux Mint now.
Have a Happy Turkey day, everybody!

This doesn't surprise me. There were many similar problems when Windows 10 first rolled out with forced updates and other issues. I don't think Microsoft deciding that Windows 10 would be SaaS (software as a service, being pushed to users) instead of an operating system was a good option. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Happy Turkey day to everyone who participates. :)

"The bug breaks some file associations on some Win32 programs". Thanks for the warning.
Im sure the problems are understated
I always laugh when I see Microsofts descriptions of the updates - no actual benefits to productivity to make up for all the interruptions

If Microsoft had ethics, they would just provide Security updates, and not subject users to the Feature updates, most of which do not improve productivity, but can cause chaos to a well functioning computer

You can be sure that Windows 10 updates will want to upgrade at the most inconvenient time - generally on the morning you are trying to complete an important deadline.

Getting just security updates can be done manually on your own, and I agree that it should be an option. One of Microsoft's reasons for pushing Windows 10 to everyone as a SaaS was that everyone would be updated with the latest patches.
Having an option to opt out of the other parts (including the ads) would be a welome feature.

"Hot find"?

I think the more fitting term would be, "hot mess".

Microsoft's pushing of their system-borking-updates is the worst idea they've EVER had-- and that's saying something...