Users who installed the "Windows 10 October 2018" update complained last week that the process wiped out their user profiles, including documents and photos.
As we mentioned at the outset, Microsoft has been busy tackling a file deletion bug with the big update, and right now the rollout has been paused because this is a major potential worry, obviously enough.
Microsoft believes it has fixed a glitch in the latest Windows 10 update that was causing users to permanently lose some of their files.
Users who are affected by the issue are missing files and folders in their "Documents" folder.
As Microsoft's John Cable explains in a post on Microsoft's Windows Blog, the problem was with the "Known Folder Redirection" feature. The company states that it has investigated, identified, and fixed all the issues that led to the loss of data for a "few (one one-hundredth of one percent of version 1809 installs)" users. Again, this is because there's a redirection, but old files remain in their default location, because OneDrive only used the redirect for autosave (for example, in a c:\users\username\onedrive\pictures folder). That's because Microsoft attempted to fix a previous KFR issue from the April 2018 upgrade, where KFR would create duplicate but empty Known Folders. "That change, combined with another change to the update construction sequence, resulted in the deletion of the original "old" folder locations and their content, leaving only the new "active" folder intact". So I'm following Woody's Defcon numbering system with regards to any Windows Updates and waiting to let others be the BETAs that Bleed!
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It had announced Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL on 4th October and were made available for pre-order in India on 26th October. After all, the Pixel Slate is only a tablet with a detachable keyboard , so it might not be too much of a big deal.
Based on that statement, it appears that the deleted files may be recoverable, but it's definitely a good idea to refrain from using the computer further to ensure that things don't get overwritten and lost forever.
As Wccftech points out, this move has also been made with Windows 10's Storage Sense feature which aims to help you better manage your drive space, and it's now present under the "Free up space now" option.
Microsoft is also updating the Feedback app in Windows 10 to enable a new feature that would allow Insiders to provide an indication of impact and severity when filing feedback.
For those who have already been impacted by the issue, Microsoft continues to recommend you contact their support line or bring your PC into a nearby Microsoft Store for servicing.
For those who are affected, they should call Microsoft at +1-800-MICROSOFT or find a local number in your area.