Next Win­dows 10 up­date out in Oc­to­ber

What was code-named Red­stone 5 is the Oc­to­ber 2018 Up­date, writes MARK HACHMAN

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We now know when the next Win­dows 10 up­date is com­ing, and if you for­get, it’s right there in the name. Mi­crosoft’s au­tumn up­date to Win­dows 10 is known as the Win­dows 10 Oc­to­ber 2018 Up­date. At the time of writ­ing, it was ex­pected to be a col­lec­tion of im­prove­ments and up­dates, rather than any earth-shat­ter­ing new fea­tures.

Mi­crosoft made the an­nounce­ment at this year’s IFA show in Ber­lin. The build cy­cle for the Oc­to­ber 2018 Up­date, also known as Red­stone 5, is wrap­ping up. While at the time of writ­ing it’s not known what the fi­nal build will be, Mi­crosoft typ­i­cally is­sues sev­eral rounds of bug fixes be­fore set­tling on a ‘fi­nal’ build that it de­cides to push to con­sumers.

As for the date con­sumers will re­ceive it? That’s still un­known. Mi­crosoft orig­i­nally pushed the ‘fi­nal’ build of its most re­cent Win­dows 10 April 2018 Up­date on 10 April, then dis­cov­ered bugs that pushed the even­tual re­lease to 30 April.

Win­dows In­sid­ers typ­i­cally re­ceive the ‘fi­nal’ build some­what ear­lier, though. It’s was ex­pected that Mi­crosoft would push the next big up­date to In­sid­ers for fi­nal test­ing some­time mid-Septem­ber. That would give Mi­crosoft sev­eral weeks to pore through its teleme­try data and de­cide whether its ‘fi­nal’ build is, in­deed, fi­nal.

What you should do: Mi­crosoft is­sues fea­ture up­dates ev­ery spring and au­tumn, and ev­ery up­date cy­cle ar­rives with com­plaints that Mi­crosoft is spring­ing the up­date on con­sumers un­ex­pect­edly. To pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing to you, visit the Set­tings > Up­date & Se­cu­rity menu. En­sure you have your Ac­tive Hours set, to pre­vent Win­dows from in­stalling the up­date dur­ing busi­ness hours. If you have Win­dows 10 Pro, you can choose to de­fer or pause the up­date for 365 days. You can also tell Win­dows to show a re­minder when it will up­date and restart. Save your­self some stress and tog­gle this on.

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