Microsoft has just given Windows 10 the green light (March 28) to deploy the update across all PC systems. The latest Windows 10 build arrives after a troubled five months of intense troubleshooting after the update originally dropped in October last year. Officially dubbed by Microsoft, Windows 10 Cutover 2018 Update, the software patch saw scores of people lose files and encounter bugs. For a while after the troubled launch, the update was only available to targeted devices through the Windows Insider programme.
However, starting this week, the Windows 10 update is out and ready to be initiated across all Windows 10 devices.
Microsoft’s John Wilcox announced today: “Based on the data and the feedback we’ve received from consumers, OEMs, ISVs, partners, and commercial customers, Windows 10, version 1809 has transitioned to broad deployment.
“With this, the Windows 10 release information page will now reflect Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) for version 1809.
“We will continue to communicate for future releases the transition from targeted to broad deployment status.”
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What does the Windows 10 1809 update mean for you?
Overall, the new update features a number of small tweaks and fixes designed to have Windows 10 run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Updates include stronger malware and anti-virus protection measures, a rebrand of the Windows Defender Security Center into the Windows Security Center and implements to the registry editor.
In the wake of Version 1809’s troubled release last year, many Windows users operating previous OS bids have been unable to update their software.
The last Windows build preceding today’s update was Version 1803, which was made available on July 10, 2018.
With the “broad deployment” revealed today, this should no longer be an issue.
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And as of March 28, Microsoft has located and resolved a connectivity issue affecting VPN services.
Microsoft’s Version 1809 update summary reads: “After updating to Window 10 version 1809, F5 VPN clients may lose network connectivity when the VPN service is in a split tunnel configuration.
“This issue was resolved in KB 4482887, and the block removed.”
Microsoft has also identified an issue affecting Intel display drivers and audio playback on connected devices.
An upgrade block is currently in place for the technical speedbumps.
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Microsoft said: “Microsoft has identified issues with certain new Intel display drivers.
“Intel inadvertently released versions of its display driver (versions 184.108.40.20644, 220.127.116.1145) to OEMs that accidentally turned on unsupported features in Windows.
“After updating to Windows 10, version 1809, audio playback from a monitor or television connected to a PC via HDMI, USB-C, or a DisplayPort may not function correctly on devices with these drivers.”
You can download the latest Windows 10 update via the Windows 10 Update Assistant webpage.