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More than half of Windows 10 users skip October 2018 Update

More than half of Windows 10 users skip October 2018 Update

While the next major feature update for Windows 10 is already waiting in the wings, only a quarter of the users have found their way to the October 2018 Update. The adoption rate is also decreasing, making it more and more likely that the majority of the user base will simply skip the problematic update.

The figures on which we base ourselves, as usual, come from AdDuplex. The advertising network analysed more than 100,000 Windows 10 systems and found that 26.4 percent had now been updated to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809). This represents an increase of about 5% compared to February.

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update had a very difficult start. The installation files were originally made available at the beginning of October, but were soon taken offline again due to a bug that made files disappear. Microsoft solved the problem, promised to restore the lost files and felt confident enough in mid-November to put the update files back online. 24 hours later, however, bugs were found again and Microsoft blocked the update on a lot of machines.

It wasn’t until mid-December that the October update was offered again via Windows Update for users who manually search for new updates. Since mid-January, a phased automatic roll-out has been underway. In February it seemed that the update had finally gained momentum, but the brakes are already being applied. Microsoft does not seem to push the update so hard, knowing that the next feature update, Windows 10 version 1903, is coming up any minute.

Windows 10 version 1903

Windows 10 version 1903 could in principle be released on April 9th, provided that all major bugs have been fixed by then. Microsoft is still struggling with a compatibility problem with the anti-cheat software of popular games such as Fortnite and PUBG, which can potentially throw a spanner in the works. In addition, Microsoft withdrew the latest build in the Slow Ring (18362), because some users failed to install it.

So Microsoft still has a few folds to smooth out before it can start rolling out Windows 10 version 1903. The giant from Redmond can’t afford to release another update that will cause problems for a large part of the user base. In the meantime, the majority of these users (66.3%) will continue to farm on version 1803 until the next update is finished.

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