Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

The update is testing Microsoft's fix for their File Deletion Bug, which addresses the issue of Microsoft deleting the original folders they believed were empty after the location of the Known Folder (such as My Documents) was moved. "We will carefully study the results, feedback, and diagnostic data from our Insiders before taking additional steps towards re-releasing more broadly", Cable said.

Microsoft has paused the rollout of its latest Windows 10 update after users reported that photos and other personal files had been wiped without warning by the latest version of the operating system.

Microsoft on Wednesday said it has identified and fixed all known issues in the Windows 10 October 2018 update and has begun re-releasing the key update.

John Cable, Director of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery penned a long blog post to explain what went wrong during testing.

"Prior to re-releasing the October 2018 Update our engineering investigation determined that a very small number of users lost files during the October 2018 Update", stated the Microsoft announcement.

The bug, Cable wrote, affected people who had used a feature called Known Folder Redirection, a tool for folks who have filled their hard drive and wanted new files destined for their Desktop, Documents, Pictures, Videos, Camera Roll, and other such default directories to be stored on another device, such as in D:\user. This is the feature that lets you move a known folder like C:\Users\Name\Downloads to D:\Downloads, for example. "Based on feedback from users, we introduced code in the October 2018 Update to remove these empty, duplicate known folders".

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However, if you're somebody who wants to keep hold of the files they've downloaded for whatever reason, or uses the folder for storage in some way, then obviously this is something you need to be careful around if you're using Disk Cleanup.

Quietly, Microsoft took the opportunity to fix a bug that saw user profiles being deleted due to an incorrect timing calculation.

So just bear this in mind if you have successfully installed the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. "We have added an ability for users to also provide an indication of impact and severity when filing User Initiated Feedback".

Microsoft has also changed the workaround text on its website. Also, Microsoft Support and our retail stores customer service personnel are available at no charge to help customers.

For those impacted by the file deletion bug, Microsoft Support is trying to recover data for users who may have experienced related data loss.




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