Windows 10’s Dumpster-Fire Update Just Got Worse

Windows 10’s Dumpster-Fire Update Just Got Worse
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Last week, Microsoft quietly re-released the Windows 10 1809 Update to Insider users after an alarming file-deleting bug forced a global halt to the rollout. Unfortunately, the latest ‘fixed’ version is still plagued with data loss issues and users are pissed off. Oh, Microsoft.

Over the weekend, multiple complaints arose on Redddit about a new file-killing bug in the Windows 10 October Update. Yes, really.

This time, the issue relates to archive operations, with files being overwriting automatically or not being extracted at all without any kind of prompt for the user. This can result in files disappearing with the user being none the wiser. In addition, there are reports of files seeming to copy into the destination folder successfully but not actually updating.

As one Windows Insider member explained:

The issue is that in 1809, overwriting files by extracting from an archive using File Explorer doesn’t result in an overwrite prompt dialogue and also doesn’t replace any files at all; it just fails silently. There are also some reports that it did overwrite items, but did so silently without asking.

…This seems to be a very serious and widespread problem which could lead to user data loss.

As reported on Ghacks, the bug appears to be linked to Windows 10’s built-in zip functionality which somehow got broken in the update. Third-party apps such as Bandizip, WinRar and 7-Zip appear to work fine.

It’s a safe bet that regular users wont be getting the update until Microsoft irons out these perverse kinks. In the meantime, you should definitely back up your systems and install one of the aforementioned zip programs before you even think of installing this update.

If you’ve already committed to a Windows 10 1809 install and have discovered some files didn’t make the journey, you can find a few recovery tips here. Good luck!

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[Reddit, via gHacks]


  • It’s times like these to remind people to set their update settings.

    Whilst you can’t ‘turn off’ windows updates so per say, adding a delay will generally keep you out of harms way.

    In your update settings, set Feature Updates to delay by 28 days, and Security Updates to delay by 2 days. Most bad updates will be fixed or yanked before they reach your machine, whilst keeping your machine up to date.

    • You can easily DISABLE Windows update in ”services”. I had mine disabled in Win 7 for over 5 years. NEVER,EVER a problem.
      Again, why don’t these pundits start actually telling the truth?

      • Because updates are important in maintaining a secure and feature rich operating environment.

        There’s a reason why updating is number one in the most important thing you can do in securing your computer, and why the industry, including Linux, have started to move to a rolling distribution model.

        • Sorry but you are a bit brainwashed.
          Many updates are a scam,
          Like the one that checked if you were running a cracked version (which millions of us are).
          But go ahead and believe the hype about ”YOUR security” as if they give a flyingphock about your security,. Its a great place to put backdoors , though as per NSA.

    • Here is what I do.
      Make full mirror back up of System C:/ (I use Acronis)
      I have Windows RESTORE disabled. Much faster to restore Acronis Backup. also saves space.

      Disable Windows Update.

      When update is available I enable Windows Backup I check it out. for a week. If not satisfied I restore my Acronis backup .
      If satisfied, I make a new Acronis Backup and Disable Windows update again,.
      It takes a whole 3 minutes to restore a full mirror backup using Acronis. I have 16GB RAM and i7. and SSD

    • It’s times like these that I like to remind people:
      1) always have backups.
      2) most people don’t need Windows these days (options include Linux, Android, BSD, or even MacOS).
      3) don’t trust your data to test versions of software, unless you’re really sure about point 1.

  • Of all the Win 10 updates I have done this was probably the one with the least trouble. Normally at least one of my PC’s will have problems. This time nil PC’s had trouble.
    I cannot explain why this would be however I thank MS for there efforts.

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