The latest feature update for Windows 10, Windows 10 version 1809 — The October 2018 Update — is now available for “advanced users” according to Microsoft.
Microsoft started the rollout of the feature update in early October 2018 but pulled it from Windows Update and other updating tools shortly thereafter because of a data loss bug.
A large number of other issues came to light in the weeks that followed the retraction of the update: users reported audio issues and bluescreens, issues with fonts, mapped network drives, or Intel display drivers.
It took Microsoft six weeks to restart the rollout of Windows 10 version 1809 in November 2018. The company released a cumulative update for the version of Windows 10 in December that addressed additional bugs and issues.
On December 17, 2018, Microsoft announced that the October 2018 Update for Windows 10 is available for a wider audience again. The feature update is still blocked for a number of configurations or devices, e.g. for devices with AMD Radeon HD2000 and HD4000 graphic processor units, devices with TrendMicro security software that run older versions of the software, or devices with certain Intel display driver versions.
Microsoft notes the following on the Update History page of Windows 10 version 1809:
Rollout Status as of December 17, 2018: Windows 10, version 1809, is now fully available for advanced users who manually select “Check for updates” via Windows Update.
A click on “check for updates” in the Settings application may deliver the October 2018 Update to the device running Windows 10. Devices with update blocks in place won’t receive the update at this point in time.
Microsoft revealed recently that “check for updates” is for advanced users only; manual update checks may install preview updates on Windows devices according to Microsoft.
Should you update?
Users who run Windows 10 may wonder whether they should wait a bit longer with the update or update right away.
I suggest to wait a bit longer with the update; Microsoft stated that it has made available the update again for advanced users.; the company will roll out the update automatically to devices soon but did not reveal when; you can block feature updates if you prefer to remain in control.
It is highly recommended that you create a backup of the system before you click on the check for updates button; if things go wrong, and they may very well, you can restore the previous version using the backup. You can download and install feature updates for Windows 10 directly as well without using Windows Updates.