Microsoft is still testing its October 2018 Update for Windows 10 after taking it offline to investigate reports of missing files. The issue is purportedly fixed, though Microsoft is not yet ready to start doling it out to the general public yet. In the meantime, Microsoft issued a trio of cumulative updates for previous versions of Windows 10.
The three cumulative updates bring a host of fixes to builds 1607 (Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, or Redstone 1), 1703 (Windows 10 Creators Update, or Redstone 2), and 1709 (Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, or Redstone 3). There's nothing new out there for build 1803 (Windows 10 April 2018 Update, or Redstone 4).
These updates are in addition to the Patch Tuesday roll outs that arrive on the second Tuesday of every month, the most recent of which was doled out on October 8. The cumulative updates each bring with them a long list of fixes.
For those who are still rocking the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607) or Windows Server 2016, KB4462928 bumps the build number to 14393.2580. Likewise, KB4462939 bumps the Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1803) build number to 15063.1418, and KB4462932 bumps the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 170) build number to 16299.755.
Here's where you can find manual downloads for each:
- Windows 10 Anniversary Update (KB4462928)
- Windows 10 Creators Update (KB4462939)
- Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (KB4462932)
All three builds are still supported, even though Microsoft continues to upgrade Windows 10 with big new updates. The company has committed to serving up two major upgrades each year, plus monthly security patches. In that way, Microsoft has moved to a Windows-as-a-Serivce (WaaS) model, and so far it has not charged for major upgrades.
So why stick with an older build? For IT admins, deploying a major upgrade can take quite a bit of preparation. Deploying major upgrades twice a year can be problematic, depending on the size of the organization, the specific hardware, and what third-party software the company is running.