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Windows 10 October 2018 Update Bug is Disabling Admin Accounts During Upgrade

Microsoft has confirmed Windows 10 October 2018 Update is not remembering Admin account choices through update.


Issues keep piling up for the October 2018 Update (version 1809). The latest bug points to a problem with the way the platform handles Administrator accounts. Specifically, the October 2018 Update is deactivating Admin accounts even if the user has previously had them activated.

Windows 10 is installed with the Administrator account disabled by default. Users can enable it when setting up profile accounts on the OS. When shifting from the April 2018 Update to Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the platform is automatically restoring Admin accounts to deactivated.

This happens even if the users have enabled administrator privileges. It is unclear whether this is a bug or Windows is treated as a new OS through each update and reverts back to default disabled Admin accounts.

Admittedly, that seems unlikely considering the platform remembers other user settings through an update. Equally, has confirmed Windows 10 October 2018 Update is switching off Admin accounts, which suggests the company sees this as a bug.

In fact, Microsoft says it is preparing a fix for a late January rollout. Before then, the company urges users to have more than one account with Admin privileges through the update to Windows 10 version 1809.


As problems go, this latest bug is relatively harmless compared to some of the issues the October 2018 Update has faced.

has been plagued by issues since it launched at the start of October. Microsoft was forced to pause the update due to it deleting user files. Since then, myriad issues were found in the build. These issues follow the original problems that caused the update to be paused last month. Users were affected by a ZIP extraction fault, a file association problem, and an activation downgrade flaw.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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