Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Version 1809
Microsoft officially released the latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update on Tuesday the 2nd of October 2018. This is the sixth major update that Microsoft is rolling out for its desktop operating system with a new set of improvements and new features to improve the overall experience.
Quick Summary: This release resembles the Windows 10 April Update and appears to be a sign of what you would expect on a (now) mostly mature Windows ecosystem. There on no flashy features, but some nice refinements to some existing features that generally make the operating system better, and nicer to use with your devices.
Generally speaking, if you have automatic updates installed, the latest Windows 10 October 2018 likely show up on or before the 9th October. You can manually update your machine to the latest Windows 10 version 1809 through Settings or you can use the Media Creation Tool to build your own installation media for the October 2018 Update – as well for offline installation on other computers.
You can use the Media Creation Tool to perform a clean install of the October 2018 Update that can help to fix many performance issues.
Note: it is highly recommended that you create a backup of any important data before you install Windows Updates. It is a known fact that earlier Windows 10 version 1803 release was plagued by numerous issues.
Some of the top Windows 10 1809 features
This latest version does bring a number of small new features and improvements. These include but are definitely not limited to:
- Dark mode for File Explorer: With this October 2018 Update, Windows 10 has a new dark mode. Go to Settings > Personalization > Colors and scroll down to the bottom. Choose Dark under Choose your default app mode.
- Diagnostic Data Viewer app: Microsoft now allows you to review diagnostic data in Settings to deal with all those telemetry concerns.
- Fewer restarts prompted by Windows updates: you will now see more prompts that are designed to avoid unexpected update installation and subsequent restarts.
- You Phone app: Along with enabling you to send and receive text messages using your PC, Your Phone also offers Android users to view their phone’s photos on their PC, offering easy access. The app is also available for iPhone users but the functionality for them is currently limited to sharing Edge links.
- Timeline on phone: PC’s timeline is now available on your phone. “You can scroll back in time to find the files and websites you were using on your phone, computer and tablet,” Microsoft explains. “Basically, you can pick up where you left off, wherever you left off.”
- New screenshot tool: Known as Snip & Sketch (Windows key + Shift + S), you can now copy a rectangle, a free-form region, or a full screen and then annotate it in the app, save, share, or paste it. The old Snipping Tool is expected to be deprecated in the future.
- Block autoplay videos in Edge: You can now block videos that play automatically to prevent web pages from playing videos automatically.
- Separate font slider to make text easier to read: Go to Settings > Ease of Access > Display > Make text bigger to increase text size across without the need to increase scaling of the entire interface.
- Improved Clipboard known as Cloud Clipboard: You need to learn a new shortcut (Windows key + V) to see a scrolling list of recent items copied to the Clipboard. The new Clipboard experience also syncs across your Windows devices.
- SwiftKey: SwiftKey will now power the typing experience on Windows when using the touch keyboard. Available languages include English (United States), English (United Kingdom), French (France), German (Germany), Italian (Italy), Spanish (Spain), Portuguese (Brazil), and Russian.
- Battery details of Bluetooth devices: All connected Bluetooth devices will now report their battery lives.
- Emoji 11 is live too! Windows 10 October 2018 Update finally supports all the new emojis from Emoji 11. Use ( Windows key + . ) or ( Windows key + ; ) to start searching.
Along with the above changes and improvements, Windows 10 1809 is bringing improvements and adjustments to the Game Bar, Windows Search, Settings, Edge, and Windows Shell.
Microsoft’s confidence in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update arrives with the base that early issues disappeared some months ago as Microsoft focused on the fit and finish of the operating system. Add-on applications such as Your Phone and a bit of buffing-up of the new browser “Edge”, along with some welcome UI tweaks.
Windows Security, previously Windows Defender Security Center, has also received a Fluent Design overhaul.
Microsoft first unveiled its Fluent Design changes for Windows 10 at Build in 2018, adding subtle animations to many apps and core parts of Windows. Microsoft is using shadow effects across Fluent Design, alongside modernizing context menus and implementing consistent back button controls in apps.
The Edge browser receives some attention in this build, with a redesigned menu and options that make navigation easier to users. A redesigned toolbar along with the Fluent Design touch.Edge users will notice the new sidebar menu that makes things a bit clearer (although it still can’t be opened in its own tab). There is also an option to disable media autoplay in the Settings of the browser under Advanced and control media autoplay on a per-site basis with a click on the (i) icon in the browser’s address bar and the selection of “manage permissions“.
Reading View, a readability mode implemented in Edge, features line focus in the new version and includes more themes that users can apply to the mode.
Microsoft Edge’s built-in PDF Reader got updated with new functionality that includes adding notes and pinning PDF documents to the taskbar. There is also a new look-up feature in Reading View and PDF modes.
Dark theme for File Explorer
If you have set the default app mode to dark under Settings > Personalization > Colors, you will notice that File Explorer features a dark theme as well now.
The new version of Windows 10 comes with extended web searching functionality. Bing’s result page may be displayed when you search for a term that Windows cannot link files, folders or settings to on the device.
A search for programs or files displays extended options on the results page as well including options to launch programs with elevated rights, open its file location on the device, or to pin it to start or the taskbar.
Search may also display download links for programs.
Windows 10 October 2018 Update improves ransomware protection
Windows 10 version 1809, brings a shortcut to customizing its ransomware protection feature “Controlled Folder Access”.
Now the Windows Defender Security Center is now simply called “Windows Security”.
Inside the new “Windows Security” Windows 10 users can now allow a recently blocked app by opening “Virus & Threat protection” within the Windows Security app, clicking “Ransomware protection“, and then going through to “Allow an app through Controlled folder access“. The new option to add “Recently blocked apps” will appear in a popup.
Given the potentially dire consequences of ransomware infections, lowering the barriers to using a security feature that shields data from it is a good move on Microsoft’s part.
To access Controlled folder access controls, users should select Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Security > Virus & threat protection. Users should then select Manage settings, and under Controlled folder access , then select Manage Controlled folder access . From there they can set Controlled folder access to on or off .
There are also changes to how Windows 10 will display information about third party antivirus in the Windows Security app.
Microsoft has added a new page within Windows Security called “Security providers” that displays all antivirus, firewall, and web security services running on a device. Users should be able to resolve issues reported about these apps through the Windows Security app, including links to other security apps.
Microsoft is establishing a new process for third party antivirus that requires vendors to register with Windows Security Center (WSC) before they appear within the Windows Security user interface. Until that registration is completed, Windows Defender Antivirus will remain enabled side-by-side with these products.
Getting the Windows 10 version 1809: If your device is compatible, this new version will automatically download through Windows Update on or before October 9. Alternatively, starting from October 2, you can install the update using the Media Creation Tool to do a clean or in-place upgrade, Update Assistant, or download the ISO file and create a USB or DVD boot media.
If you are not into doing a manual download, simply head over to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update and check if Windows 10 1809 is made available yet.
Microsoft began the Windows 10 October 2018 Update release process for the public on the 2nd of October 2018, skipping the usual “Release Preview” method.
Microsoft has now confirmed at least one compatibility issue with a “range of Intel Display Audio device drivers” that could result in “excessive processor demand and reduced battery life.” The update to Windows 10 October 2018 Update will fail due to this issue.
If you see a “What needs your attention” notification when you run the October Update, you have an Intel Display Audio device driver (intcdaud.sys, versions 10.25.0.3 – 10.25.0.8) installed in your system.
The latest Windows 10 October 2018 aka Version 1809 is the last of the two major feature updates planned for 2018. Version 1809 follows the April 2018 Update with performance and some minor design improvements. Excited to get your hands on the newest version of the operating system? This is potentially the first ever Windows 10 version that has been made available to everyone at the same time. But, before jumping on the installation process, make sure your machine can actually run it.
While this update isn’t as exciting as the April 2018 Update that brought in several features, including the highly anticipated Timeline and Game Bar improvements, there are still several features and improvements that the October 2018 Update promises. From dark theme for File Explorer to the incredibly helpful “Your Phone” app that will sync your Android and iPhone to your Windows machines to easily shares notifications, messages, and photos, there is a lot to get excited about this new Windows 10 version.
If you want to experience the newest Windows 10 version, take a look at this checklist of minimum Windows 10 1809 system requirements.
Windows 10 1809 system requirements
Following is the complete checklist of all the minimum hardware requirements so you know what your computer should have before you install Windows 10 October 2018 Update. (Internet access is also required.)
|RAM||1GB for 32 bit, 2GB for 64 bit|
|Hard disk space||16 GB for 32 bit, 20 GB for 64 bit|
|CPU||1GHz or faster|
|Screen resolution||800 x 600|
|Graphics||Microsoft DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver|
It should be noted that Microsoft have not updated the above checklist for some time. The checklist continues to suggest that all the machines with the above specs should be able to run the latest Windows 10 version perfectly.
Microsoft does include several “notes” informing users that the small storage devices may face issues during the process due to “limited space”. While your device may meet this checklist, there could still be firmware, driver and application compatibility issues – if you have a device that is barely meeting the above requirements. (You can check more details here)
Considering the above, this “official” checklist shouldn’t be taken as a guide to help you get support for specific programs or more demanding experiences as there might be some compatibility issues, especially with the Windows Mixed Reality demands. Back with the earlier release of the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft had recommended at least 4GB of RAM and at least a 4th-generation Intel processor.
Most machines should run Windows 10 October 2018 Update just fine as long as it meets the above minimum system prerequisites.
Note: it is highly recommended that you create a backup of any important data before you install Windows Updates.
Note: Windows 10 version 1803 was also plagued by numerous issues.
Reported Windows 10 version 1809 update issues (current)
Below is a short list of known issues that users may run into when trying to upgrade or install this new Windows 10 update:
- Windows 10 update freezes system after first reboot during installation.
- Errors starting with 0xC1900101 when trying to upgrade. These indicate driver issues (hardware compatibility).
- Errors starting with 0x80070070 indicate storage issues.
- Windows Update is stuck at a certain percentage and nothing happens.
- Task Manager not reporting correct CPU usage.
- System Restore was disabled and System Restore points deleted.
Most user have reported that an upgrade from Windows 10 1803 to 1809 processed without any issues.
How to rollback if the Windows 10 October 2018 Update causes issues
If after installing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update v1809 you are facing problems and issues with it, you can uninstall it and rollback to the previous Windows version.
Click on the Windows Start Menu. Now click on the Settings icon.
In Settings, click on Update and security and select Recovery settings.
Next click on the Get started button under Go back to an earlier build section.
The roll-back process will start, and you are asked some questions for information purposes. You can ignore most of these if you wish.
The roll-back feedback options are:
- My apps or devices don’t work on this build
- Earlier builds seemed easier to use
- Earlier builds seemed faster
- Earlier builds seemed more reliable
- For another reason – Tell them more.
Click Next to process, or just use Cancel.
Notes: When you go back, you will lose any NEW settings changes or NEW apps that you may have installed after you upgraded to the latest Windows 10 release.
Now a “Check for Updates?” window may appear. By clicking “Check for Updates” the process will check for updates for Windows 10 that have not been applied yet. If your reasons for rolling back are software glitches and/or missing features, this might be a good option to try rather than a complete rollback. You can always proceed to do the rollback after the trying any update first.
To proceed without updating, just click “No, thanks”.
You will see tips and notes about the rollback process. Read through these items since they are often important for a successful update.
Typically you will see warnings such as; NOT turning off your device during the update, backing up your files and have ready your account login password.
To proceed, click Next through each window prompt.
At the end you will see “Thanks for trying Windows 10“. Choose “Go back to Windows 7” to start the rollback process.
At this point, you wait until the rollback finishes. Depending on your device, this process may take up to an hour or longer.
When the roll back is complete, you are greeted by the familiar login screen and as indicated earlier, you may need to reinstall any new applications and restore some of your settings that you may have installed or changed while using the new Windows release. Your files will normally be intact, even the ones you created after you updated to Windows 10.