Microsoft has not had good luck when it comes to pushing out updates. It is one of the biggest pain points of using a Windows PC; you leave your PC working fine one night, and in the morning you wake up to a ‘totally’ not working PC. And it is all because of Windows Updates. A pattern that went so bad that it forced Microsoft to shut down the Windows 10 October Update, the next major upgrade to Windows 10. The OS Microsoft said it will keep upgrading in small bits over time, as opposed to a sequential overhaul of Windows.
The Windows 10 October Update was a hot mess. The upgrade kept deleting users’ files to say the least. The outcry from users led to Microsoft putting the upgrade on hold as it addressed the bugs that led to the problem.
It appears that Microsoft completed their investigation in the matter yesterday, and are now confident to bring it back to their servers for public downloads. The company re-launched the upgrade again yesterday. This time, it includes full support for the DirectX Raytracing (DXR).
If you want the geeky (well, technical) details of debugging Microsoft did to the October Update, more information is available at this link. During a keynote announcement of the re-introduction of the Windows 10 October Update for downloads by the public, Microsoft said they will be taking a more measured approach.
That is to say; it will not be available to everyone at the same time. Microsoft is giving advanced users the option to download and install the October Update first before the general public. The company hopes that by availing the upgrade to advanced users (a limited group of people) it can mitigate mass damage, should there be still something wrong with the OS.
These advanced users will get the change to monitor the OS, and report back to Microsoft with their feedback. Should there be any kinks that need to be ironed out, then Microsoft will address those bugs. That way, the general average user will not get inconvenienced. However, commercial users have immediate access to the upgrade as from yesterday when Windows 10 October Update was re-introduced.