Windows 10 October Update available for all

As of today, Windows 10 October [err November] 2018 Update [a.k.a. version 1809] should now available to download an install for anyone.

Generally, Microsoft rolls out feature updates first to highly compatible systems [i.e. those that are quite recent] while they diagnose and try to fix systems that failed to update correctly [from their diagnostics]. So this news is a change and risky.

To manually update, open up the Settings app. Then go to the Update & Security section, and finally check for updates to receive the October 2018 update.

Those who manually update may get the update that may not successfully install.

If you recall in a blog posting back in July, I tried to update my v1709 [October 2017 update] build to the v1803 [April 2018] build and I had issues with my webcam [don’t use much], audio card [I use that!] and the opening screen [just before you log in]. I reverted back to v1709 and have been stuck there ever since. I have Windows 10 Pro. So I can delay the feature update but unsure if I can delay this one now.

 

Windows 10 October 2018 Update released… with some issues still

So Windows 10 October 2018 Update [a.k.a. Redstone 5, a.k.a. v1809] was finally re-released on Tuesday after about 6 weeks when the original version was released before being pulled.

But not surprising, there are some outstanding issues:

  • When on a network, your mapped drives can’t reconnect at login. See KB4471218 for workaround scripts. An update for this won’t be available until 2019.
  • Some users cannot set Win32 program defaults for certain app and file type combinations using the Open with… command or Settings > Apps > Default apps. [Interesting, as I have something like this in v1709.]
  • Upgrading to v1809 is blocked if you have a AMD Radeon HD2000 and HD4000 series graphics processors. Note that these are unsupported by AMD. Will experience an error in a DLL and performance issues. Microsoft is investigating.
  • When trying to upgrade to v1809 with Trend Micro’s OfficeScan and Worry-Free Business Security software installed, the upgrade is blocked. Trend Micro is to supply a patch.

 

Is the Windows 10 October 2018 Update released?

Ok. At last check, there was no official word from Microsoft but all indications say that the October 2018 Update of Windows 10 [a.k.a. Redstone 5, v1809] has been released.

There has not been any current builds release this week and the Media Creation Tool for v1809 is available.

Just a word of caution: After the April 2018 was a mess, you may want to hold off on upgrading.

As usual, Microsoft will slowly notify people of upgrades. The most compatible systems will be notified first and the least compatible [i.e. those that Microsoft will fix to make sure they can be upgraded] will be done later on

Doesn’t stop you from manually upgrading [maybe at your own risk].

Windows Server 2019 has been released as well.