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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (v1809) Apparently Wiping Some Users' Data

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Posted: 01:09PM
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In my experience, for the most part Windows updates are not as bad as the stereotype suggests, but I would unquestionably be very upset if what some users are reporting for the new October 2018 update happened to me. The reports are that users are seeing their personal files removed, and previously installed programs to. Normally during an update, if Windows cannot preserve the files in place, they will be moved to a freshly-created Windows.old folder, so you can find and replace them, but the impacted users are saying they are not there. Instead all of the data is just gone.

Unfortunately, as Windows Central points out, we do not appear to have reproduction steps for this issue, which makes it harder for the public to avoid while still updating and harder for Microsoft to fix. Hopefully they will be able to fix it soon, but if not you may want to manually back up all of your files. You can create a system image through Backup and Restore (Windows 7) in Control Panel, but also if you have Windows 10 Pro you can go into the Advanced Options for Windows Update and defer feature updates for up-to 365 days.

Source: Windows Central



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AkakmanH on October 05, 2018 21:16
Yes, this phenon has been widely reported. In past Win 10 updates I have had my Win 7 games , MS Office and Documents trashed. Part of the problem is also that Defender is always installed even thought I removed it. Defender is notorious for stopping old programs from loading. I have the app to reload Win 7 games and the MS Office installer + the toolkit to reset the key. I am waiting to see how bad it gets. LOL
Braegnok on October 05, 2018 22:17

I updated two of my computers yesterday. Asus Z270 WS, and my Dell 7050 and have only noticed a few issue's with one of them so far,.. the Dell Optiplex 7050 Micro, since updating when scrolling a page reading if I hover the mouse pointer over an item the screen will glitch/shake till mouse is moved,.. did not see that issue listed in the 27 most common issues listed on Windows site,.. and the Dell also had issues with spell check and the sound Realtek Audio,.. both quickly fixable but the screen shaking glitch still working on that one.  :lol:

road-runner on October 06, 2018 01:45

I will continue to leave 3 machines with win 10 off and use my old one with win 7

ir_cow on October 06, 2018 14:51
I just use reg edit to disable win10 updates and defender. Such a shame it takes that to stop basic things.
road-runner on October 07, 2018 00:54

I just use reg edit to disable win10 updates and defender. Such a shame it takes that to stop basic things.

 

I think I done that to the folding rigs so it would not bork the drivers now that you mention it

Guest_Jim_* on October 07, 2018 13:37

Haven't written up a proper news item on it yet (busy with AC Odyssey) but Microsoft has pulled the update until they can fix it:

Known issues updating to Windows 10, version 1809

AkakmanH on October 07, 2018 14:46

Haven't written up a proper news item on it yet (busy with AC Odyssey) but Microsoft has pulled the update until they can fix it:

Known issues updating to Windows 10, version 1809

Wow!!!!!!!! Nice move MS - appreciate the action - if true.............

slick2500 on October 07, 2018 16:08
Every time I get an update on my pc, the first reboot after the update my pc just goes super slow and freezes up, but if I restart it is just fine.
sticknstone on October 07, 2018 20:32

the Dell Optiplex 7050 Micro, since updating when scrolling a page reading if I hover the mouse pointer over an item the screen will glitch/shake till mouse is moved

I had an issue not related to the OS that caused a random pointer glitch/shake.  When the usb cable of my drawing tablet rests on the tablet it can create a glitch/shake of the pointer.


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