Windows 10 V1809 announced as ‘general available’

[German]Microsoft has announced the start of the general rollout of Windows 10 October 2018 Update (Version 1809). This build has been made available again since November 2018. Any user can now install this version, as long as the target hardware is compatible.


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The rocky road of the Windows 10 V1809 release

Windows 10 V1809 (October 2018 update) was the version, which was released on October 2, 2018.  Advanced users has been able to install this feature upgrade manually (via Update search or via Media Creation Tool). 

However, Microsoft has to stop this rollout due to major issues (see Windows 10 V1809: Rollout stopped). After updating some users discovered in certain scenarios that user data had been completely deleted. It only affected a few users, according to Microsoft. But the manufacturer decided to withdraw this feature update on October 6, 2018. It took a few days for Microsoft to explain the cause of this fatal error.

Then more and more issues has been uncovered, so Microsoft added a longer list of upgrade blocker conditions to it’s Windows 10 update history page (see also the links at my article’s end). On November 13, 2018, Microsoft re-released Windows 10 V1809 for advanced users (see Windows 10 V1809: Re-release on Nov. 13/14, 2018?), and begun to fix the reasons for upgrade blockers step by step. Mid December 2018 Microsoft announced, that Windows 10 V1809 may be upgraded via Windows Update search (see my blog post Windows 10 V1809: Available via update search).

Windows 10 V1809 stable enough for rollout

On January 16, 2019 Microsoft has updated the rollout status of Windows 10 V1809 within the Windows 10 Update History page. The rollout status is now indicated as:

Windows 10, Version 1809 Rollout Status as of January 16, 2019

  • We are now starting our phased rollout to users via Windows Update, initially offering the update to devices we believe will have the best update experience based on our next generation machine learning model. 
  • Fully available for advanced users who manually select “Check for updates” via Windows Update.

But this rollout is done in waves, first on machines that Microsoft assumes are compatible with the new version. The rollout will then be successively expanded on the basis of machine learning models. Users who can’t wait any longer can do a Update search on the settings page and should then be offered the feature update to Windows 10 V1809.


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The background for the announcement on the Windows 10 Update History page is probably the cicumstance that Microsoft and Morphisec announced that they solved the issue with the Morphisec Protector as of January 15, 2019. Software created with older versions of the Morphisec Software Development Kit (SDK) (e.g. Cisco AMP for terminals) caused problems. This protection software may have caused trouble saving documents via Save As in Microsoft Office applications.

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2 Responses to Windows 10 V1809 announced as ‘general available’

  1. Pingback: Microsoft starts its ‘phased rollout’ of Win10 1809, now controlled by a next-generation machine-learning model – UniverSmartphone

  2. EP says:

    while Windows 10 V1809 is “generally available” recently, it is still NOT available through the “Semi Annual Channel” (SAC, not the “targeted” one) when using Windows Update for business.

    Win10 release information page says v1809 is available on LTSC and SAC-T channels but not through SAC:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10/release-information

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