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Once more with feeling: Windows 10 October 2018 Update inches closer to relaunch

Second Insider build with more fixes for 1809. Could third time be the charm?

Microsoft’s efforts to recover from the Windows 10 October 2018 Update debacle continued last night as a fresh build of the troubled operating system was emitted to Windows Insiders.

Build 17763.104 is the second release of the update to Insiders since the file-eating monster was unleashed on an unsuspecting public back on 2 October before being yanked back into its kennel.

Microsoft reckoned it had fixed all the data loss issues in build 17763.17, which was released just over a week ago but clearly there was still some work left to do. The new build fixes issues with the Task Manager, which was inexplicably originally shipped in a slightly broken form, along with dealing with IME problems in Edge and unresponsive apps following resuming from Connected Standby.

Third party antivirus and virtualisation products also get some love, with compatibility fixes for both.

Additionally, Microsoft reckons it has “fixed several issues with driver compatibility” which will be a comfort to those with blue-screening HP computers and silent Intel-driven audio.

The release was sent to the Slow and Release Preview rings simultaneously because, well, there’s no easy way to get it onto the Fast Ring any more, following the decision to immediately shunt all those Insiders onto the path to 2019. A choice which, in hindsight, was a tad premature.

Microsoft has remained schtum on when the public will once again be able to enjoy the delights of 1809. It is, however, clear that the Windows giant has taken some time to polish away some of the rough edges of the original release (while also shovelling copious amounts of filler into the gaping file-deletion hole.)

Whatever the date when the thing is finally pushed out of the door, we expect the release to be a tad more cautious than the giant trifle flung at a wall of last time. ®

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