Microsoft’s Windows 10 version 1809 (October 2018 Update) has been a disaster. However, the latest feature update of the platform is now moving to availability a wider audience. Since re-introducing the October 2018 Update, Microsoft has been cautiously rolling out the release to avoid another mess.
Through November Microsoft was recommending users to “wait until the feature update is offered to your device automatically.” That is changing this week. Windows Latest reports the Windows Update and Windows Server 2019 update pages have been updated.
Both the pages now reflect that Microsoft is allowing manual updates of Windows 10 version 1809 for advanced users:
Rollout Status as of December 17, 2018: Windows 10, version 1809, is now fully available for advanced users who manually select “Check for updates” via Windows Update.
While Microsoft is opening the doors to the October 2018 Update, there are some important restrictions in place. Because of these limitations, some users will not be able to download the release.
Systems with one of the following issues will not be able to update to version 1809:
- Incompatible Intel display drivers (versions 220.127.116.1144 and 18.104.22.16845)
- F5 VPN client connection stability when in split tunnel configuration
- Trend Micro OfficeScan and Worry-Free Business Security software
- Lock screen performance issues with Radeon HD2000 and HD4000 GPUs
October 2018 Update Problems
Microsoft 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. Before it was pulled, the build was reaching millions of users.
Other issues found in the update included a ZIP extraction fault, a file association problem, and an activation downgrade flaw.