More uncertainty for Microsoft's Windows 10 October Update

Doris Richards
November 17, 2018

Microsoft blocked devices with AMD Radeon HD2000 and HD4000 graphics processors from receiving the Windows 10 version 1809 update. Microsoft eventually released the update a couple of days ago, but it has run into yet more problems.

Earlier this week, Microsoft rereleased the Windows 10 October Update version 1809, after fixing the data deletion bug in the previous one.

Starting with Windows 10, Microsoft introduced a new servicing model known as "Windows as a Service" (WaaS), which simply means that instead of getting a new version every three years, you get incremental updates that speed up the integration of new features and simplify the process of keeping devices current in a fast-paced digital world.

"Running natively allows applications to take full advantage of the processing power and capabilities of Windows 10 on Arm devices, resulting in the best possible experience for users", said Sweetgall. Updates for some products that resolve the compatibility issue are already available, others will become available later this month or are listed as TBD.

What are Windows 10 feature updates? The download size can be close to 3GB for the 64-bit or 2GB for the 32-bit version.


While this won't suddenly make Windows 10 on ARM a viable platform, it's a small step in the right direction.

All the above are caused by the two GPUs, and are enough of a concern that Microsoft has blocked the Windows 10 October 1809 update to all machines that contain either of these two GPUs. However, whether app developers will go to the trouble of recompiling their apps will depend on how successful Windows on ARM devices are.

What are Windows 10 quality updates? As usual, if this has affected you, you will just have to wait and see.

Arm thinks its new Cortex-A76 CPU will close the performance gap on Intel's high-end CPUs, which could be a game-changer for Windows 10 on Arm devices. Also, you can always see the updates installed on your device in Settings Windows Update, and by then clicking the View update history option.

It has been quite a journey for the latest edition of Windows 10, as version 1809 just can't keep itself away from problems. However, you can only pause these updates once, and when updates resume, your computer must install the latest quality update before you can use this feature again. This was an issue that was brought up back at the beginning of October.

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