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  • Bug in Windows 10’s Latest Update Might Be Deleting Files, Back Up Your Data Now

    Multiple Windows users are reporting the latest update is deleting documents. Consider backing up your data right now.

  • Windows 10 October 2018 Update Is Apparently Wiping Out User Data

    Windows 10 October 2018 update was announced a while back and Microsoft mentioned that the new update would come with support for DirectX Ray Tracing. The API that will support Nvidia RTX graphics cards with features like ray tracing and DLSS.

    It turns out, the update is now being halted due to an issue with Intel drivers that are causing some unexpected problems. Some people have reported losing their data when updating to Windows 10 October 2018 update. Rollback is also not something that will solve this issue as it turns out, once you update your data is gone and it’s pretty much irreversible.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update Can Delete Your Files

Microsoft Cannot Properly Maintain Vista 10

  • Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

    As well as the usual complaints from overenthusiastic users reporting freezes during setup and mysteriously vanishing files or apps, a low rumble of dissatisfaction could be heard regarding battery life. One Redditor reported a markedly decreased time between charges while another chimed in with similar woes.

    The culprit, according to a support article, could be a compatibility issue with a bunch of Intel Display Audio drivers that can end up sending CPU usage skyrocketing and battery life plummeting.

Windows 10 update should be avoided

  • Windows 10 update should be avoided until Microsoft delivers fixes

    After consumers reported a number of problems with the latest major update to Windows 10, Microsoft responded by preventing the October 2018 Update from being installed on some systems. Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 October 2018 Update was available for download when it announced its new Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, and Surface Studio 2 at a media event on October 2 in New York City. Since then, users have reported a number of wide-ranging issues caused by the update, including lost files, issues with CPU usage, and reduced battery life post-update.

    The problem with disappearing files has been widely reported on various social media forums, including on Reddit and Twitter, with one user reporting on Microsoft’s community forum that he had lost up to 220GB of data after the update. Affected file types include documents, music, and photos. “I have just updated my windows using the October update (10, version 1809) it deleted all my files of 23 years in amount of 220gb,” forum member Robert wrote. “This is unbelievable, I have been using Microsoft products since 1995 and nothing like that ever happened to me.”

Even Microsoft Finally (Belatedly) Admits That It Botched PCs

  • Microsoft Pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update Due To Massive Bug

    Yesterday, we reported that the latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update is deleting files stored on the computers of users. Many Redditors and Microsoft forum users complained regarding the issue, and it looks like the company has listened to them.

    In a recent development, Redmond has pulled the October 2018 update due the file deletion bug.

Microsoft's Windows 10 October Update has been chewing up files

"...files being mysteriously deleted by the upgrade."

  • On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

    Folk keen as mustard to get their hands on the Windows 10 October 2018 Update have reported files being mysteriously deleted by the upgrade.

    It was all supposed to be so much better this time around. Fewer features, more time spent fixing bugs, and yet here we are. Hot on the heels of the issues afflicting Intel display audio drivers has come a growing wave of reports of precious documents going AWOL during the update.

    Unlike the Intel issues, Microsoft has remained tight-lipped. The Register contacted the Windows maker to find out if it was aware of the issue but received no response.

Vista 10 Broke the Update Process

  • Windows 10 updates - One step forward, one step back

    I am not happy with the direction the "modern" software world is going. It's one giant waste of money. Companies are focusing on the effect of looking busy rather than creating high-quality products in one elegant go. And whenever products are normalized toward the "average" users, AKA the lowest common denominator, AKA the sub-IQ100 crowd, the products become a horrible, inefficient mess. They might make more money for the companies, but ultimately, they destroy the very essence of what the product was about in the first place.

    Windows Updates were just fine before Windows 10. Quick, simple and configurable. Power users had their choice, and ordinary people never cared. Now, power users are being punished by dreadful inefficiency for the sake of some model that ordinary people, in the best case, will not notice and appreciate, and in the worst case, make them complain, because even ordinary people will get angry if they get a sudden reboot when they don't expect it. Really, it's like Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

    So it was all fine, and then Windows 10 took it back a couple of steps, and now Microsoft is trying to improve on what is broken when it never needed fixing. In a way, we can hope, in this case, that the step forward will actually be a step back. Back to how the updates were (are) in Windows 7.

Windows 10 Becomes Windows ME...

  • When Windows 10 Becomes Windows ME...

    Wow! A recent Windows 10 update is deleting personal files from the Documents folder!

    That's new.

    Wait, not exactly. That has happened before with Windows ME around 17 years ago. In fact, this OS behavior was so famous that it was depicted in the OS-tan meme collection.

Windows' Self-Sabotage is Becoming a Catastrophe

  • Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update after reports of documents being deleted

    Microsoft has stopped distributing its latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update. The software giant started rolling out the update during the company’s Surface event earlier this week, but some Windows 10 users immediately noticed their documents were being deleted. “We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating,” says Microsoft on its support site for Windows Update.

Updates blocked

Microsoft in Very Serious 'Damage Control' Mode Right Now

  • Microsoft Says They Can Recover User Files Lost During Windows 10 October 2018 Update

    Microsoft recently launched the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (Build 1809) and it added a load of features and improvements for the users. The update included a variety of stuff, but like most major Windows Updates, this came with another major flaw. The Update reportedly deleted a number of files present in the user’s hard disk, and consequently Microsoft had to stop rolling out the latest Update. A Microsoft representative said ““We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating.”

Good Reason to Move to GNU/Linux

  • Microsoft Pulls the Windows 10 October 2018 Update for Deleting Files

    If you have been affected by the file deletion bug, they also ask you to contact them to help sort out the issue, and to stop using the device until you do—which is interesting, and usually means the recovery option will include using a tool to recover deleted files—if you use your PC a lot, it can overwrite those files before they can be recovered.

After the October Update fiasco, Microsoft needs to warn users

Microsoft Warns Windows 10 Has A Serious Problem

Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 'update'

  • Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

    Microsoft has taken the unprecedented step of pulling a Windows 10 release a mere four days after its arrival amid a clamour of users complaining about files not being where they had left them.

    Windows Insider supremo Dona Sarkar took to Twitter to announce that Windows fans would no longer be able to get their hands on the afflicted build. Redmond said the automatic rollout would also be paused until it works out just what in blue blazes is going on.

Microsoft excuses for shredding people's personal files

  • Microsoft Explains Why Windows 10’s October 2018 Update Was Deleting People’s Files

    Microsoft halted the Windows 10 October 2018 Update because it was deleting some people’s files. Now, Microsoft has fixed the problem and explained what happened.

    As Microsoft’s John Cable explains in a post on Microsoft’s Windows Blog, the problem was with the “Known Folder Redirection” feature. This is the feature that lets you move a known folder like C:\Users\Name\Downloads to D:\Downloads, for example. Other folders you can move include Desktop, Documents, Pictures, and Videos.

    After the April 2018 Update, some people who had previously used this feature reported an extra empty copy of the original folder. For example, an empty copy of the original C:\Users\Name\Downloads folder appeared. So, to solve the problem, Microsoft introduced code that would delete those old, empty folders.

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    As climate change escalates, the impact of natural disasters is likely to become less predictable. To encourage the use of machine learning for building damage assessment this week, Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute and CrowdAI — the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint AI Center (JAIC) and Defense Innovation Unit — open-sourced a labeled data set of some of the largest natural disasters in the past decade. Called xBD, it covers the impact of disasters around the globe, like the 2010 earthquake that hit Haiti. “Although large-scale disasters bring catastrophic damage, they are relatively infrequent, so the availability of relevant satellite imagery is low. Furthermore, building design differs depending on where a structure is located in the world. As a result, damage of the same severity can look different from place to place, and data must exist to reflect this phenomenon,” reads a research paper detailing the creation of xBD. [...]

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