Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Fixed Windows 10 October 2018 Update Released to Insiders for Testing

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Sherri Watson | 10 October, 2018, 04:43

Back when it released the April 2018 update, Microsoft found that users with KFR enabled experienced empty copies of their Known Folders on the devices.

For everyone else, the updated October 2018 version has been released to Windows Insiders, who can now install and test it out.

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) was made available on October 2nd but hadn't yet been pushed through Windows' automatic update system.

The company points toward Windows 10's Known Folder Redirection (KFR) feature, which allows Windows folders (like Desktop, etc) to be redirected from their default locations to new locations.

Microsoft has now fixed this problem, and Windows 10's October 2018 Update should stop deleting these "old" folders full of files.

Microsoft may be in a pickle right now due to the hiccupy rollout of its latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update, but that's not stopping the company from supporting the previous versions of Windows 10. "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". While Microsoft maintains that the number of users impacted by the problem was small ("one one-hundredth of one percent") the severity of the bug meant it deserved attention even if only a few people saw it. Therefore, they are suggesting that users use their PCs as little as possible so that deleted files are not overwritten with new data.

Microsoft support technicians "have the tools to get you back to a good state", Windows Insider Program lead Dona Sarkar tweets. "We have added an ability for users to also provide an indication of impact and severity when filing User Initiated Feedback".