Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Windows 10 October Update Reportedly Suffers Another File Management Flaw

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Katie Ramirez | 22 October, 2018, 15:16

Microsoft has temporarily halted the rollout of its October 2018 update for Windows 10 (version 1809), writing in a page dedicated to the update that it would 'investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating'. While the issue was not very widespread - it only affected 1 in every 10000 users - it was serious enough to pull the brakes and do another round of bug fixing and testing. This was due to how the update moved default folders, just as Documents or Pictures, to another location without actually moving the files in them. This prevents conflicts that would cause the files being moved to be lost, or incongruous file duplications.

Another potential issue, albeit less widely reported, is that when unzipping files, not only is there no dialog box asking whether or not to overwrite, but when the operation goes ahead, the files aren't replaced at all. However, a Redditor called ToppestofDogs has claimed that the extraction of zip files into typical destination folders has not triggered this response as appropriate.

Now, people have come across another Windows 1809 bug which appears to be another File Explorer issue. The users did not reveal if they used the built-in zip functionality or a third-party application; it seems likely that the bug affects only Windows 10's built-in zip functionality and not third-party programs such as Bandizip, WinRar, or 7-Zip.

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The latest Windows 10 version, known as 1809 or the October update, has become linked with multiple issues since its release. Apparently this doesn't happen now, and the OS just goes ahead and overwrites those files automatically (without informing the user).

Now You: Another data loss issue, what is your take on that?

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