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[Updated] Microsoft finally re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

It’s finally happening: Microsoft is re-releasing the Windows 10 October 2018 update, a little more than month after the company had to pause the initial rollout on October 2. The company has updated its Windows 10 update history page today to announce that the major Windows 10 update would roll out to all users starting today:

On November 13, 2018, we will begin the re-release of the Windows 10 October Update (version 1809), Windows Server 2019, and Windows Server, version 1809. We encourage you to wait until the feature update is offered to your device automatically.

As you can see, the company is encouraging users to wait until the update arrives on their PC, but you can still download it today if you check for updates in Windows Update. This has just been confirmed by John Cable Director of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery who published a post on the Windows blog to explain what went wrong during the initial rollout.

Even though the update is available for “seekers,” Microsoft opted for a cautious approach this time around. “If we detect that your device may have an issue, such as an application incompatibility, we will not install the update until that issue is resolved, even if you “Check for updates,” so you avoid encountering any known problems,” explained Cable.

As you may know, there were several issues with the initial build that could cause personal files to be deleted after installing the update. Microsoft has fixed all these bugs in the build 17763.107 that was pushed to Slow and Release Preview Insiders on October 30, and it all seems like this is the build that will start rolling out today. Stay tuned to OnMSFT as we should learn more in a couple of minutes.

Update: A previous version of this post said that the update would roll out gradually to Windows 10 users, but Microsoft’s John Cable has since explained that it would also be available today for “seekers” We’ve updated the post with these additionnal details.

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Do you think Microsoft chose the right approach to re-release the October 2018 update?