Microsoft Windows 10’s latest version 1809 also known as the October 2018 update has been the talk of the town recently. A lot of people have been have been having nightmares about it once it had deleted their files. Although the earlier release had issues and was fixed, the same release still has another bug that deletes files. It is one that won’t directly delete your files but won’t tell you that it deleted them either.
The earlier 1809 bug that Microsoft patched up causes data loss which happens in at least 1 in every 10,000 users. The way Microsoft has moved folders around while updating has been the one causing the file deletion problem. Microsoft pulled the update and gave it another round of testing among the brave souls that make up its testers. Upon being tested by beta-testers, they get back to the same problem
Sadly, the brave souls who have done the testing indeed found another issue with a different file deletion problem.
gHacks reports that quite a number of users are complaining about how the new Windows 10 is mishandling files contained in compressed (ZIP) archives. Like any other file operation, Windows would ask the user’s permission before overwriting a file in case conflicts between source and destination folders arise. According to affected users, version 1809 no longer does so and just overwrites the file as if they agreed.
Here is where it gets worse. There are instances that the file operation never succeeds and Windows never informs you about it. If the file from a compressed archive is being moved, it will fail without any notification and it would not even write the file itself, which in turn deletes the file altogether. It may not be as random as the earlier one which occurs 1 in 10,000; but this archiving bug is still a critical problem that needs to be addressed ASAP.
In a nutshell, Windows 10 version 1809 is so far turning out to be the worst Windows 10 since it was first released. With the way Microsoft has been spurting out broken updates, their poor software development practices makes it a bad experience to users all around the world. Microsoft should not release anything until it has been tested. They should take extra care not to sacrifice quality and stability for the sake of speed. Hopefully, they are not just releasing the updates because they are meeting a deadline.