Microsoft's Troublesome Windows 10 October Update Is Now Being Pushed Automatically

Windows 10
If you've been putting off installing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update -- for obvious reasons -- avoiding it will soon become a lot harder in the coming weeks. Microsoft announced yesterday that it is now pushing out the October 2018 Update to all but a select few systems.

If you recall, back in December, Microsoft began making the major OS update available to what it called "advanced" users who manually clicked the "Check for Updates" button in Windows Update. However, the company is now pushing its first wave of the update to all remaining users who have otherwise avoided upgrading.

In an update to its support page for Windows 10, Microsoft writes, "We are now starting our phased rollout to users via Windows Update, initially offering the update to devices we believe will have the best update experience based on our next generation machine learning model."

As before, Microsoft goes on to reiterate that the October 2019 Update is, "Fully available for advanced users who manually select 'Check for updates' via Windows Update."

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While phased rollouts have commenced, Microsoft says the there are four software/hardware configurations that won't receive the automatic update. According to Windows Latest, those configurations include:

  • Systems with certain Intel display drivers installed
  • Systems with certain AMD display drivers installed
  • Systems with F5 Networks VPN installed
  • Systems with Trend Micro OfficeScan and Worry-Free Business Security installed

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update was initially made available in early October, and was quickly pulled after it was discovered that a file deletion bug was plaguing many users. Subsequently, users discovered a zip file bugproblems with mapped drives, and other issues that marred the release. Microsoft eventually made the update available again to select users in mid-November.