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Microsoft Pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update That Wipes Your Data

The company plans to investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating

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After several users complained that installing the Windows 10 October 2018 update has been wiping off their data, Microsoft on Saturday announced putting a halt to the availability of the update.

“We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating,” the tech giant posted on its Support page.

Users who have manually downloaded the update have been advised to not “install it and wait until new media is available”.

Microsoft has also provided links for people to contact the company.

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Logo of Microsoft outside it’s office. Pixabay

“We will provide an update when we resume rolling out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update to customers,” the post added.

Users who installed the “Windows 10 October 2018” update complained that the process wiped out their user profiles, including documents and photos, the media reported.

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An alarming number of users have taken to social media forums and Microsoft’s own support website to complain about the serious issue.

Since Microsoft had not started automatically pushing this latest update out, only people who visited “Windows Update” manually and checked for updates installed the latest software version. (IANS)

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Will Be Remembered

Allen was also owner of the National Football League's Seattle Seahawks, and the Portland Trail Blazers professional basketball team.

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen at a news conference (from archives). VOA

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who visualized the indispensability of the personal computer more than 40 years ago, died Monday at 65.

Allen’s family said he died in Seattle of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer he had been battling off and on since 2009.

After persuading high school friend Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard in 1975, the two teamed up to develop a rudimentary software that hobbyists used to operate home-built computers.

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An advertisement is played on a set of large screens at the Microsoft office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S, VOA

“I expect the personal computer to become the kind of thing that people carry with them, a companion that takes notes, does accounting, gives reminders, handles a thousand personal tasks,” Allen wrote in Personal Computing magazine in 1977.

Allen and Gates called their company Microsoft and spent the next several years developing the software that revolutionized the world.

Allen and Gates split in 1983, but Allen kept his share of Microsoft, making him a billionaire.

Gates issued a statement on Allen’s death late Monday.

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Paul Allen in 2003

“I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Allen,” he said.

According to Forbes magazine, Allen was worth nearly $22 billion at the time of his death, making him the world’s 44th wealthiest person.

Allen was also owner of the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks, and the Portland Trail Blazers professional basketball team.

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He also used his wealth to refurbish a crumbling neighborhood of his native Seattle, turning it into a headquarters for Amazon. (VOA)

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