Windows 10 October 2018 Update Starts Automatically Rolling Out in January 2019

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Microsoft has a problem with marketing Windows 10 updates. It has yet to stick to a release cycle and gone through several names changs, but its biggest problem yet has been the straight-up lie in the so-called Windows 10 October 2018 Update’s name. You know, the update that just started automatically rolling out to Windows users.

Microsoft updated its Windows 10 Update History support document with this message on Jan. 16:

“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. […  The update is also now] Fully available for advanced users who manually select ‘Check for updates’ via Windows Update.”

Calling that update the Windows 10 October 2018 Update has almost become funny at this point. We could repeat Microsoft’s continued obstacles to rolling out the update... or we could just link to the far too many articles we’ve had to write about the many problems it faced. See:

But even that last story ended with the caveat that Microsoft still wasn’t releasing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update to everyone. The company had to resolve lingering problems with the update, meaning that even though it was re-for-the-umpteenth-time-released in December, it wouldn’t even arrive in its namesake year. Now, though, we'll see how long it takes to roll out to everyone automatically. Hopefully that puts it to rest.

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  • ssdpro
    I am not sure if this is real news or fake news as there is no link to a supporting document. I got this 1809 update automatically on my Z170 and HM87 systems back in November and it worked fine. Perhaps Microsoft just delayed updating whatever doc is referenced?
  • Brian28
    They did start an automatic rollout several times, and had to cancel it when some (not all) of the earliest users reported problems immediately after the update. You may have been in one of the early groups. They also tailored the initial rollout to groups that had hardware known to be more compatible, avoiding groups that could have experienced the bug, until they had enough tests to confirm that it was fixed.
    I did not get my 1809 until I forced a "Check for Updates" a few weeks ago.
  • Gillerer
    Renaming a major update - possibly multiple times - would be stupid; it would only cause confusion. "Why can't I apply the 2019 January update? Oh, it's actually the 2018 October update that has been renamed, and I already have it installed..."

    Some people actually got it back in Oct/Nov 2018, if they chose to update manually. I did on both my computers, and had no problems.