Millions of Users Apparently Managed to Install the Buggy October 2018 Update Before Microsoft Pulled It Back

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Microsoft started rolling out Windows 10 October 2018 Update last month – in October. The company had to then pull the update back because it turned out there were some serious bugs affecting some of the users who were first to install the update. While the release process was put to a pause just a few days after it initially began, it appears that millions of users still managed to install the update on their machines.

For the past three years, Microsoft has been working on building an update system that smoothly sends out all its feature and quality updates to hundreds of millions of machines without any hiccups. When the company decided to bypass the Release Preview ring and opened the floodgates to everyone (adopting a “seeker” strategy), it enabled everyone interested in getting the new update or anyone who fell for the benign-looking “check for updates” button to install the update.

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2.3% of all Win10 users installed Windows 10 October 2018 Update before it was pulled back

The latest report from AdDuplex suggests that 2.3% of all Windows 10 users are now running the latest version of the desktop operating system. Considering there are over 700 million PCs according to official numbers, it would be over 16 million machines that are currently on Windows 10 version 1809.

It should be noted that these stats aren’t exactly accurate since AdDuplex numbers are based on users who run UWP apps running AdDuplex SDK. However, AdDuplex has managed to offer us quite an impressive and almost accurate look into the Windows 10 adoption rate for the past several years. Even if these numbers are off a little, they still give the latest version a 2.3% share of the entire Windows 10 market.

As for the previous versions, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update lost a point, dropping from 5.7% to 4.6% whereas version 1703 somehow managed to gain .2%. Windows 10 version 1607 and 1511 retained their share and they will probably maintain their share for a while since it’s mostly enterprises running the older Windows 10 versions.

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Microsoft continues to issue cumulative updates and fixes to Insiders in the Slow ring who are currently helping the company fix the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. While October is no longer with us…, it is expected that the company should be able to begin the release process by the coming Tuesday. Once the rollout begins, let’s hope the company doesn’t open the floodgates and takes a phased rollout strategy to make sure not many users are affected by the bug that may show up again.

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