Windows 10 version 1809, October 20018 Update, re-releases on November 13

Microsoft resumes the Windows 10 October 2018 Update rollout after five weeks of delay. Here's how to get it and everything you need to know.

Windows 10 version 1809 release again on November 13
Windows 10 version 1809 release again on November 13

Windows 10 version 1809 (October 2018 Update) originally released on October 2, but due to serious problems (including data loss, internet connectivity, and many other bugs), Microsoft was forced to paused the rollout, and starting November 13, the feature update is once again available for download.

The new version is available as a free update for compatible devices, and it represents the sixth major release rolling out with a new set of improvements and new features to improve the overall experience.

Download Windows 10 version 1809

Starting November 13, 2018, the new version is available as a manual download using the Media Creation Tool, Update Assistant, or clicking the Check for Updates button in the Windows Update settings. Also, the feature update is now available through Windows Update for a select number of devices. This means that if your device is compatible, you’ll soon get a desktop notification confirming that the update is ready.

Once you click the Install button, your device will reboot, and complete the upgrade process automatically, just like when installing a cumulative update. The only difference is that this process will take a little more time.

Upgrade to the October 2018 Update

If you can’t wait for the new version to install automatically, you can use the Media Creation Tool to perform an in-place upgrade without losing your files, apps, or settings. Or it’s also possible to use the same tool to perform a clean install of the October 2018 Update that can help to fix many performance issues.

In addition, you can use the Update Assistant, which is a tool that allows you to force the installation of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update when having problems with Windows Update.

Alternatively, you can download the ISO file with version 1809 to do a clean or in-place upgrade using a USB bootable media.

What’s new with Windows 10 October 2018 Update

The second semi-annual update introduces  a slew of improvements and some new features, including clipboard history, a new feature that allows to finally see and keep track of those things you copy, and now, your content can sync across devices.

Windows 10 is introducing a dark theme for File Explorer, which you can easily enable using the Colors settings page.

This new version also delivers improvements to the search experience with a number of tweaks and a wider interface for search.

On Storage sense, you’ll find a new option that makes unused OneDrive content available only online to free up space on the hard drive. You can once again change the system font size, and install fonts to your account without the need of elevated privileges.

Microsoft is adding Snip & Sketch, which is a new app to take screenshots on Windows 10, and the Your Phone app allows you to connect to your phone to access recent pictures and check text messages.

Other smaller features and improvements include new HDR and WCG settings for supported displays. Option to adjust video based on the lighting around you. Artificial Intelligence to improve the Windows Update reboot logic when installing updates. Also, you’re getting Typing insights, SwiftKey, and a bunch of improvements for Microsoft Edge.

Windows 10 version 1809 tutorials

Here’s a list with guides that you can use to started with version 1809:

The new version won’t significantly change the way you use your PC, but it should improve the overall experience.

If you want to avoid problems during and after the upgrade, you can use this guide with a number of tips for a successful upgrade. Also, if you’re not ready for the update, you can use this guide to block and postpone the October 2018 Update on your computer.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].