Windows 10: Why You Should Wait to Install the November Patches

Every second Tuesday of the month Microsoft makes available its cumulative updates for the systems still supported, i.e. Windows 7, 8 and 10. Those of November are a bit special, especially for Windows 10 users .

At the same time as the usual patches, Microsoft has indeed decided to relaunch its October Windows 10 1809 update. This is a major so-called feature update which brings a large number of new features and which had been suspended last month after bugs were discovered, including one that caused files to be deleted.

If you manually check for your updates, Windows 10 1809 will be offered

In view of the difficulties encountered by users who have suffered the plaster, many users under Windows 10 will prefer to wait before attempting the installation of this October update to receive only the usual fixes. But be careful, you may not have a choice depending on the type of manipulation you are performing.

Microsoft used to slowly release its new major versions of Windows 10 by selecting the least risky configurations first. This is always the case regarding automatic receipt in Windows Update unless you manually check for updates. In this case Microsoft considers you an "advanced user" and will automatically offer you Windows 10 1809, the October update, regardless of your configuration.

In practice: 3 ways to install Windows 10 1809

To sum up, if you only want to install monthly updates, do not check for them manually. Leave it up to your system, which will retrieve them if you are connected to the internet and install them on the next restart.

November fixes and known bugs.

Windows 7 and 8.1 users are not affected by the October update of course, but only by a few fixes. This concerns the security of certain applications such as Internet Explorer or other core system functions. A bug with some AMD processor models is also fixed.

Beware, however, Windows 7 users who may encounter a bug causing network cards to stop working with the KB4467107 patch. While waiting for a new patch the solution is to "Scan for changes in hardware" via the Windows device manager to reinstall the driver.

Windows 10 users of all versions also receive updates. These are mostly security updates and feature bug fixes. As can be seen in the Windows 10 update history page, many bugs are also still present on the board.

The most troublesome affects Windows 10 versions 1803 and 1809 (April and October 2022 updates) at the default application level. There is currently an issue preventing files from being configured to open with certain default programs. Microsoft will release a new patch this month to fix the problem.

These patches will install automatically during the day. It is possible to install them manually via the Windows Update settings at the risk of also seeing the latest October update installed. In all cases a restart is necessary to finalize the installation.

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