How to get the Windows 10 October 2018 Update 1809

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October 2, 2018 2:00 pm
 
By John Cable / Director of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery


Earlier today, Yusuf Mehdi announced the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the newest feature update for Windows 10. I’m excited to share our October 2018 Update rollout plans, how you can get the update today, plus some new update experience enhancements.

How to get the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

As with prior Windows 10 feature rollouts, our goal is to deliver the October 2018 Update in a phased and controlled rollout to provide a great update experience for all. We are beginning the global rollout out via Windows Update in the coming weeks.  As with previous rollouts, we will use real-time feedback and telemetry to update your device when data shows your device is ready and will have a great experience. You don’t have to do anything to get the update; it will roll out automatically to you through Windows Update.
Once the update is downloaded to your device and ready to be installed we’ll notify you.  You are then able to pick a time that won’t disrupt you to finish the installation and reboot.   We are continually working to improve the update experience with each new release of Windows 10.

The last Windows 10 feature update rollout, the April 2018 Update, utilized machine learning (ML) to identify devices that were ready to update, incorporating key attributes like compatibility data. By leveraging machine learning we were able to safely rollout quickly, and as a result the April 2018 Update is now the most widely used version of Windows 10.  Further, our artificial intelligence/ML targeted rollout approach led to the lowest call and online support requests for any release of Windows 10.
With the October 2018 Update, we are expanding our use of machine learning and intelligently selecting devices that our data and feedback predict will have a smooth update experience. We will be further enhancing the performance of our machine learning model by incorporating more device signals such as improved driver telemetry and weighting of key features such as anti-malware software as we broaden the phased rollout. As we did with the April 2018 Update, we will be proactively monitoring all available feedback and update experience data, making the appropriate product updates when we detect issues, and adjusting the rate of rollout as needed to assure all devices have the best possible update experience.

Want the Windows 10 October 2018 Update today? Start by manually checking for updates

While we encourage you to wait until the update is offered to your device, if you’re an advanced user on an actively serviced version of Windows 10 and would like to install the Windows 10 October 2018 Update now, you can do so by manually checking for updates. In the Search box in the taskbar, type “Check for updates.” Once there, simply click “Check for updates” to begin the download and installation process. We are also streamlining the ability for users who seek to manually check for updates by limiting this to devices with no known key blocking issues, based on our ML model.  If we detect that your device has a compatibility issue, we will not install the update until that issue is resolved, even if you “Check for updates.”  You can also watch this video that outlines how to get the October 2018 Update.


If you’re using a Windows 10 PC at work, you will need to check with your IT administrator for details on your organization’s specific plans to update.
Improving the update experience
We have heard clear feedback that while our users appreciate that updates keep their devices secure, they find the update experience can sometimes be disruptive.  The October Update includes several improvements to the update experience to offer more control and further reduce disruptions.
Intelligent scheduling of update activity: For our many mobile users on laptops and 2-in-1 devices, we have improved Window’s ability to know when a device will not be in use and perform certain update activities then, so as not to disrupt the user. This ability to update at night when plugged in and not on battery power will help hide update activity and minimize user disruption from updates. To further minimize disruption (in case your system is updating overnight), Windows also silences audio when it wakes for Windows Updates.   If your device hasn’t updated for several nights, we will then suggest you plug in your device so that we can update at night.


Intelligent reboot scheduling:  Windows Update will now automatically determine the least disruptive opportunity, outside of Active Hours, and will use an enhanced machine-learning-powered activity check that can determine if a user is going to be away for a while or is only stepping away temporarily.
Faster updates, less down time:  We’ve also made further improvements to the feature update installation process and are targeting to further shorten the amount of time your device is offline during updates by up to 31% compared to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (based on results from the Windows Insider Program) during the rollout of the October Update.
Smaller downloads:  In the October Update we are introducing a new update package delivery design for monthly quality updates that creates a compact update package for easier and faster deployment.  Users will benefit from the new small update size when installing applicable quality updates as they are 40% more efficient.
Enhanced privacy controls
We continue to focus on putting our customers in control so in the October Update we are enhancing the privacy choice and controls available to users to manage their privacy.  We are now enabling each new account on a device to personally tailor the main privacy settings, instead of only the initial user who sets up the device.   Furthermore, during new device setup, we now offer an activity history page that allows users the opportunity to opt in to sending activity history to Microsoft, to help improve cross device experiences.  This allows users to pick up where they left off in various activities (such as a working on a Word document) on their other devices (Learn more about activity history).
Additionally, we are splitting Inking & typing personalization out from the Speech privacy page.  This enables more granular control of your inking and typing personalization data by managing it separately from your online speech recognition data. Learn more about online speech recognition and inking & typing personalization.


Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) released
For our commercial customers, the release of the Windows 10, version 1809 on October 2, 2018 marks the start of the servicing timeline for the Semi-Annual Channel (“Targeted”) release; and beginning with this release, all future feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions that release around September will have a 30 month servicing timeline.  Just as we’re immediately beginning rolling out the October Update in phases to consumers, we recommend IT administrators do the same within their organizations to validate that apps, devices, and infrastructure used by their organization work well with the new release before broadly deploying. We use data to guide our phased consumer rollout and encourage commercial customers to do the same through Windows AnalyticsThe update is now available through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Windows Update for Business (WUfB) and System Center Configuration Manager’s (SCCM) phased deployment.  For an overview of what’s new and what’s changed, please see What’s new for IT pros in Windows 10, version 1809.
Continuously evolving Windows 10 and the update experience
We’re excited to bring you the latest Windows 10 Features and improvements and hope that you enjoy the improved update experience.    Please provide us feedback as we continue our journey to evolve the update experience, so that our great new product and security features and other enhancements arrive without disruption.
 
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/10/02/how-to-get-the-windows-10-october-2018-update/#OQOcukQXdULJ9PqB.97

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Thank you Daniel.
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Alrtghty I will check this information out! Thank you again Daniel!:D
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@ are you doing the update? I would but I want to hear from others if something like, if the Tobii Driver gets knocked out like it did in the 1709 Windows version. Or other issues. Or should I run with it and go for it?
Naw I am going to give it a couple of days...unless Microsoft updates all by itself. But I can pause it too. :8
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Yes it's out via Windows Update or you can Download the full installer here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
 


 
 
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Yes it's out via Windows Update or you can Download the full installer here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
 


 
 
That is cool Daniel. I did read where this update will not install if there is a compatibilitiy issue with the system. And I read that it is best to let Windows update on it's own without manually performing it? Is this correct?
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Yes it's out via Windows Update or you can Download the full installer here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
 


 
 
That is cool Daniel. I did read where this update will not install if there is a compatibilitiy issue with the system. And I read that it is best to let Windows update on it's own without manually performing it? Is this correct?
I'm doing it right now via Windows Update and no issues so far, also I can't say either way at this time but if I was doing a clean reinstall of the OS I would use the new 1809 version out today!
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Yes it's out via Windows Update or you can Download the full installer here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
 


 
 
That is cool Daniel. I did read where this update will not install if there is a compatibilitiy issue with the system. And I read that it is best to let Windows update on it's own without manually performing it? Is this correct?
I'm doing it right now via Windows Update and no issues so far, also I can't say either way at this time but if I was doing a clean reinstall of the OS I would use the new 1809 version out today!
Yes that sounds good if one is doing a clean install. But I will wait for WU to come to me this time. 😉
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Yes it's out via Windows Update or you can Download the full installer here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
 


 
 
That is cool Daniel. I did read where this update will not install if there is a compatibilitiy issue with the system. And I read that it is best to let Windows update on it's own without manually performing it? Is this correct?
I'm doing it right now via Windows Update and no issues so far, also I can't say either way at this time but if I was doing a clean reinstall of the OS I would use the new 1809 version out today!
Yes that sounds good if one is doing a clean install. But I will wait for WU to come to me this time. ;)
If you have time tonight manually check for updates and it should be there!
 

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Yes it's out via Windows Update or you can Download the full installer here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
 


 
 
That is cool Daniel. I did read where this update will not install if there is a compatibilitiy issue with the system. And I read that it is best to let Windows update on it's own without manually performing it? Is this correct?
I'm doing it right now via Windows Update and no issues so far, also I can't say either way at this time but if I was doing a clean reinstall of the OS I would use the new 1809 version out today!
Yes that sounds good if one is doing a clean install. But I will wait for WU to come to me this time. ;)
If you have time tonight manually check for updates and it should be there!
 


Sure thing I have time ..at least till midnight because I turn into a pumpkin! :D 
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Yes it's out via Windows Update or you can Download the full installer here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
 


 
 
That is cool Daniel. I did read where this update will not install if there is a compatibilitiy issue with the system. And I read that it is best to let Windows update on it's own without manually performing it? Is this correct?
I'm doing it right now via Windows Update and no issues so far, also I can't say either way at this time but if I was doing a clean reinstall of the OS I would use the new 1809 version out today!
Yes that sounds good if one is doing a clean install. But I will wait for WU to come to me this time. ;)
If you have time tonight manually check for updates and it should be there!
 


Sure thing I have time ..at least till midnight because I turn into a pumpkin! :D 
30 Minutes until it asks for a reboot so we will see you after it finishes installing!
 

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Yes it's out via Windows Update or you can Download the full installer here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
 


 
 
That is cool Daniel. I did read where this update will not install if there is a compatibilitiy issue with the system. And I read that it is best to let Windows update on it's own without manually performing it? Is this correct?
I'm doing it right now via Windows Update and no issues so far, also I can't say either way at this time but if I was doing a clean reinstall of the OS I would use the new 1809 version out today!
Yes that sounds good if one is doing a clean install. But I will wait for WU to come to me this time. ;)
If you have time tonight manually check for updates and it should be there!
 


Sure thing I have time ..at least till midnight because I turn into a pumpkin! :D 
30 Minutes until it asks for a reboot so we will see you after it finishes installing!
 


That's sweet! Yay! 😃 I am getting excited for that Windows Update. It is still not available for my system yet. Maybe in the morning it'll be here!
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Yes it's out via Windows Update or you can Download the full installer here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
 


 
 
That is cool Daniel. I did read where this update will not install if there is a compatibilitiy issue with the system. And I read that it is best to let Windows update on it's own without manually performing it? Is this correct?
I'm doing it right now via Windows Update and no issues so far, also I can't say either way at this time but if I was doing a clean reinstall of the OS I would use the new 1809 version out today!
Yes that sounds good if one is doing a clean install. But I will wait for WU to come to me this time. ;)
If you have time tonight manually check for updates and it should be there!
 


Sure thing I have time ..at least till midnight because I turn into a pumpkin! :D 
30 Minutes until it asks for a reboot so we will see you after it finishes installing!
 


That's sweet! Yay! 😃 I am getting excited for that Windows Update. It is still not available for my system yet. Maybe in the morning it'll be here!
And 17 Minutes later I'm back. This is my Alienware 17R2 and I will do my 17R5 tomorrow and lots of old files to cleanup via Disk Cleanup to recover my space!
 
But I had 2 issues always after upgrade:
 
1. Have reinstall my sound driver
2. Gadgets needed to do a repair install
 

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Yes it's out via Windows Update or you can Download the full installer here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
 


 
 
That is cool Daniel. I did read where this update will not install if there is a compatibilitiy issue with the system. And I read that it is best to let Windows update on it's own without manually performing it? Is this correct?
I'm doing it right now via Windows Update and no issues so far, also I can't say either way at this time but if I was doing a clean reinstall of the OS I would use the new 1809 version out today!
Yes that sounds good if one is doing a clean install. But I will wait for WU to come to me this time. ;)
If you have time tonight manually check for updates and it should be there!
 


Sure thing I have time ..at least till midnight because I turn into a pumpkin! :D 
30 Minutes until it asks for a reboot so we will see you after it finishes installing!
 


That's sweet! Yay! 😃 I am getting excited for that Windows Update. It is still not available for my system yet. Maybe in the morning it'll be here!
And 17 Minutes later I'm back. This is my Alienware 17R2 and I will do my 17R5 tomorrow and lots of old files to cleanup via Disk Cleanup to recover my space!
 
But I had 2 issues alway after upgrade:
 
1. Have reinstall my sound driver
2. Gadgets needed to do a repair install
 


Well is that going to be only a driver reinstall for your
Soundblaster? Otherwise that isn't too bad right? 
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That's a good idea...I rarely do that on my Main OS System.  Because I might have to go back. But if that will speed up things then I'm all in.
 
Thanks Daniel!
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That's a good idea...I rarely do that on my Main OS System.  Because I might have to go back. But if that will speed of things then I'm all in.
 
Thanks Daniel!
I never had any issues within my VM's with all the Insider Builds so I do a cleanup. BUT IT'S NOT FOR EVERYONE as they might want to wait a few days???
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That's awesome on your Alienware 17R2! Gadjets and the sound driver isn't bad at all. Your 17R5 will fly through this WU.
 
Anxious to hear how that 17R5 handles the new Windows Update. 😉
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That's a good idea...I rarely do that on my Main OS System.  Because I might have to go back. But if that will speed of things then I'm all in.
 
Thanks Daniel!
I never had any issues within my VM's with all the Insider Builds so I do a cleanup. BUT IT'S NOT FOR EVERYONE as they might want to wait a few days???
I always do the Windows Disk Cleanup on my VMs. Space is an issue if I don't do it. My VM is handling the Insider Builds pretty good lately.
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I have just got the update installed via WU, 1 1/2 hours from start until finish.
The only thing I had to do afterwards was out my key in for the internet, other than that it all seems fine so far.
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That is great Jeff!
I am still waiting for the update to 1809. I read it could take weeks to get. So I am using the Windows 10 Update Assistant and I talked to Dell Support and they said there isn't any blocks of this WU like there was before. If things fail I can always go back to previous version of Windows!;)
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Undoing changes to your computer...after waiting around two hours WU failed to install 1809. Bawww
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I always recommend keeping the "previous windows installations" until you know the system is stable (except for the VM's those are kinda whatever). Audio issues and windows 10 have been around for a while. In 1803 Windows 10 had issues with realtek drivers that caused distortion. You had to choose a generic windows high definition audio driver for it to work correctly or rollback the driver to a previous version and sometimes that didn't even work. Another way which is a lot longer but I'm used to run commands is to press and hold the windows key and tap "R" to open the run command and then type "ms-settings:windowsupdate" without qoutations. I will be installing on 60 machinces in over a week and will post any issues I find if people on here would like. If you are a small business owner or using a laptop for work I would wait if your machine is currently stable. No one likes downtime. If you run into issues before going back to the previous version you can always try running "dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth" followed by and "sfc /scannow" to see if it doesn't resolve any issues. 
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Thank you @,
 
I wanted to wait for this update but I had to try it anyways!:@
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Well of course. I'd try it too. 🙂 I'm sorry that didn't go through. 😞 . Are you trying on a virtual machine right now?
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Yea I'm running 1809 in a VM.
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Well of course. I'd try it too. 🙂 I'm sorry that didn't go through. 😞 . Are you trying on a virtual machine right now?
 

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