You shall not patch! Microsoft has blocked the new Windows 10 update

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The update is testing Microsoft's fix for their File Deletion Bug, which addresses the issue of Microsoft deleting the original folders they believed were empty after the location of the Known Folder (such as My Documents) was moved.

Microsoft has just announced that it has fixed a rare issue that caused some personal files to be erased when installing the Windows 10 October 2018 update.

"Once we have confirmation that there is no further impact we will move towards an official re-release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update", Cable noted, although he didn't indicate timing.

After some users complained that installing the Windows 10 October update has been wiping off their data, Microsoft last week put a halt to the availability of the update (version 1809).

There's still a mystery about why Microsoft let Windows 10 October update ship with the bug, because it was reported by testers of Insider releases in June and August.

Though the problem may have affected a relatively low number of users, the result was a gut punch to Microsoft's current update process.

Users who moved a Known Folder to a new drive experienced the issue if content of the old folder was not moved to the new destination.

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

In a blog post, the company says the number of customers impacted by the bug was small, with "reports of data loss" limited to "one one-hundredth of one percent of version 1809 installs". Data loss is considered to be a serious outcome, but the problem wasn't flagged highly for Microsoft because of the small number of affected users, Cable suggested. "Based on feedback from users, we introduced code in the October 2018 Update to remove these empty, duplicate known folders". You create "D:\documents" and change the location of the files known folder from the original "old" location c:\users\username\documents to D:\documents.

This includes fixes for system components such as the Windows kernel, graphics and file systems, the wireless networking and peripherals subsystems, along with the JET database engine, Windows Media Player and the Edge and Internet Explorer web browsers among others. You want to save some files separate from your primary folder, so you add another drive to your system for these.

Microsoft has also changed the workaround text on its website. Still, if you lost any personal data after proceeding, be aware that Microsoft will offer free customer support online and at its retail stores.

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