A few days ago, the tech giant Microsoft started to roll out Windows 10 October 2018 update. The update bags tons of new interesting features and performance boost, and while users are yet to receive the global update, there have been reports that the October 2018 update has a massive bug that deletes users data after the update.
Shortly, after the update, some Redditors and Microsoft forum users who already updated to the latest version of Windows 10 started complaining that they lost almost all their data along with previously installed programs.
Although the tech giant already advised users to roll back the update, even when some users did, their data were still nowhere to be found.
As it seems, the October update is responsible for wiping out users data and Microsoft has decided to Pause the October update due to this bug.
The company stated on their support page:
Also, the tech giant advised users who already downloaded the update not to install the install just yet as the bug is still being investigated and users who already installed are also expected to report any other bug in case they encounter any.
Well, personally I’m not surprised after reading this reports because some of us may also be aware that with every major update from the tech giant comes a new bug for Windows 10 users. However, it’s a sad thing to see Microsoft shipping the final stable version of Windows with a massive bug even when there’s a lot of regular users taking part in the Windows preview programs and testing the release.
Visit Microsoft’s support page for more information.
How to prevent data loss from Windows 10 October 2018 update?
I wrote a blog post on how to fix Windows 10 1803 installation error a few months ago and now I’ll be sharing the best workaround for installing the October 2018 update.
A lot of users are eager to install the latest update, but installing the update comes with a great price to be paid and that is you’ll lose almost all your data, if not all.
The best way to avoid data loss is to back up all your important data on an external hard drive and then perform a clean install.
Note: It’s not clear whether there is no other bug in the update, so it’s best you adhere with the advice the tech giant has mentioned in their support page.