Windows 10 October 2018 Update Bugs Fixed, Says Microsoft, Rollout Restarts

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Today, the firm is rolling out a new build 17763.17 to the Slow and Release Preview rings of the Insider Program.

According to Microsoft, only one one-hundredth of a single percent of people who manually updated to version 1809 experienced data loss. If, for example, you moved the Documents folder from its location in the user profile to a new location, such as a secondary data drive, but some files remained in the old location, the setup logic for the version 1809 upgrade removed the folder in the old location as well as all of the files in it.

The company determined that the data deletion issue resides with a bug related to the Known Folder Redirection (KFR) feature. For example, suppose you ran out of space on your C drive.

The result was that the upgrade process deleted the old folder and with it the data that it still contained as it assumed that it was a duplicate of the new folder.

The user configured one or more of their Known Folders (Desktop, Documents, Pictures, Screenshots, Videos, Camera Roll, etc.) to be redirected (KFR) to another folder (device drive, external drive or a OneDrive folder).

Unfortunately for some users, "that change, combined with another change to the update construction sequence, resulted in the deletion of the original "old" folder locations and their content, leaving only the new "active" folder intact", Cable said.

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Cable wrote that the October 2018 update, which includes features such as a cloud clipboard and an early version of its phone mirroring software, won't be released until engineers have verified it will not clear out users' files for them.

Microsoft chose to remove these duplicate folders through code incorporated into version 1809.

Users of older OneDrive clients, who had enabled auto-save. The current version of this feature moves the files.

Microsoft has paused the rollout of its latest Windows 10 update after users reported that photos and other personal files had been wiped without warning by the latest version of the operating system. Microsoft is working with them to recover the lost files, but it isn't offering any guarantees that their data will get restored. Additionally, you can reach out to the support numbers provided here.

Issues that data loss occurred was reported by Insiders to the Feedback Hub months prior to the release of Windows 10 version 1809. However, they didn't turn enough eyeballs due to the low upvotes and duplicate entries in the Hub. "We have added an ability for users to also provide an indication of impact and severity when filing User Initiated Feedback".

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