Another Monday and another week starting with a maybe surrounding the re-release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809). Microsoft's broken update could be preparing to relaunch tomorrow. That's when the company's November 2018 Patch Tuesday update happens, so it makes sense that version 1809 will return to global users at the same time.
If the Windows 10 October 2018 Update does return tomorrow, it will be six weeks (41 days to be exact) late. Microsoft initially launched the platform on October 2 alongside new Surface devices. However, version 1809 was quickly put on ice as the manual update was deleting personal user files. Pulled yes, but not before reaching millions of users.
Either way, it was clearly a good decision to halt the roll out. Since being paused, the October 2018 Update has been plagued by problems. Users have been affected by a ZIP extraction fault, a file association problem, and an activation downgrade flaw.
Tomorrow's Patch Tuesday seems the most likely candidate to host the new rollout of Windows 10 version 1809. However, as mentioned we have believed the platform to be relaunching before and it was delayed further. At the end of last month, we reported Microsoft was ready to re-introduce the update.
However, further delays came as more problems with the upgrade were found. In a way, it is good that Microsoft is taking its time. The company has been re-testing the fixed Windows 10 October 2018 Update in the Inside via previews in recent week. This cautious approach will hopefully result in a functioning OS when version 1809 returns.
Whether the October 2018 Update lands tomorrow or not, Microsoft is likely to launch cumulative updates for the build.
One thing we will be interested in is Microsoft's words when it re-releases version 1809. The company has been largely silent on the embarrassment of having to halt a major software rollout just days after launch. Will Redmond relaunch the October 2018 Update under the radar, or make an announcement via the Windows Blog?