OCTOBER 11, 2018 – MIKE WOOLSEY
Remember back in the 80’s when Guns N’ Roses said “Where do we go now”? This is the question plaguing many Windows 10 users, “Where do we go now”? Released on July 29, 2015, Windows 10 was the predecessor to its love child Windows 8.1, which was mostly a cross between the highly popular Windows 7 and what would later become Windows 10.
Since its release, Windows 10 had several updates which also had many hot fixes to the operating system. One of the most stable releases of Windows 10 was 1803, which many of us have already updated to, and had very minimal issues. Now it’s time for another feature update coded as Redstone 5 (Version 1809). Due out in October 2018, Windows finally released this new feature update on October 4th.
Some key points about Redstone 5 (Version 1809), you will need to have enough hard disk space before installing this update! One of the most common problems during an in-place upgrade to a new version of Windows 10 is not enough storage space available to complete the upgrade, which triggers at least three error messages, including 0x80070070 – 0x50011, 0x80070070 – 0x50012, or 0x80070070 – 0x60000. This also often results in the dreaded “Blue Screen” that is also referred to as “The Blue Screen of Death” and so nicely decorated with a smiley.
How to avoid these issues, it is best to always perform a backup of your operating system before you upgrade to any new release. A recovery plan is the most important step before an upgrade. You should always spend some extra time to create a full backup of your device with the installation, settings, apps, and files in case you need to go back to the previous version.
Since the release of (Version 1809), many users were immediately faced with a long 3 hour install / upgrade time. Yet, that was only half the battle! Some users had data loss once the update was installed, a bug Microsoft missed along the way. One user, Robert Ziko said, “I have just updated my windows using the October update (10, version 1809). It deleted all my files of 23 years in the amount of 220GB. This is unbelievable”. This, among many other complaints, led Microsoft to pull the 1809 update almost immediately after its release, on October 6th. Microsoft stated, “We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating”. However, clever Microsoft technicians and engineers were able to locate the bug and release a fix that would no longer plague further users from losing valuable data like Robert Ziko. For now, the 1809 update has been put on hold until further notice, yet Microsoft plans to roll out gradual updates in the wake of Redstone 5.
“Where do we go now”? Well Sweet Child O’ Mine, for the time being if you were wanting this major feature update to Windows 10, you will have to wait a little longer for it. In the meantime, those users affected by its recent release will be faced with either having to wipe their system if it doesn’t recover from a bad install or, they will be faced with trying to replace all the lost data during the upgrade. Either way, I for one will be staying with (Version 1803).