Windows 10 October Update is officially rolling out to partners

Microsoft says it’s latest Windows 10 update is now safe for deployment to all

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 October Update has had quite a difficult roll out to users since its intended release date. Now, though, after much internal and Windows Insider testing, Microsoft believes the Windows 10 October Update is ready for deployment and as started to roll the update back out to customers.

Writing on Microsoft’s Windows blog, partner director of program management John Cable explained that the team “thoroughly investigated and resolved” earlier issues.

“In addition to extensive internal validation, we have taken time to closely monitor feedback and diagnostic data from our Windows Insiders and from the millions of devices on the Windows 10 October Update,” he wrote. “Based on this data, today we are beginning of the re-release of the October Update by making it available via media and to advanced users who seek to manually check for updates.”

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Microsoft isn’t rolling out the Windows 10 October Update out to all of its Pro and Enterprise customers just yet though. It’s going to “carefully study the results, feedback and diagnostic data” before it offers the update out in phases to more devices “in the coming weeks and months”.

"For those advanced users seeking to install the update early by manually using "Check for updates" in settings," Cable added, "know that we are slowly throttling up this availability, while we carefully monitor data and feedback."

Windows 10’s October Update had previously been seized by a myriad of issues, including the deletion of user files resulting in Microsoft pulling the update completely. In late October, Microsoft then began redistributing it to Windows Insiders and, eventually to Windows 10 Home users once it was deemed safe.

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Microsoft says that it can see if a users device has incompatibility issues with drivers prior to them downloading the update and can then block installation until the issue is resolved.

To help provide more clarity on just what’s going on with future updates, Cable also revealed that Microsoft is going to add a Windows update status dashboard “in the coming year” to provide further insight into why an update was blocked from distribution. If users want to know what’s happening with the October Update rollout, he directs people to the Windows 10 update history page.

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