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It's December, and the Windows October update is still largely missing in action

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Have you updated to the latest version of Windows 10? If so, you're likely in the minority. As Techradar reports (opens in new tab), statistics from ad company AdDuplex show that as few as 2.8 percent of Windows 10 PCs have applied the big October update of Windows 10. Microsoft paused the rollout (opens in new tab) in October to fix numerous bugs, including files being deleted, then resumed it (opens in new tab) in mid-November. But at least according to AdDuplex's data, very few Windows users have actually gotten the update.

Anecdotally, this isn't surprising based on the PC Gamer team's PCs. None of us used the update assistant (opens in new tab) to manually force the latest version of Windows 10, and Microsoft typically rolls out its major updates to Windows 10 PCs over a period of days or weeks. But here we are, two weeks after the rollout resumed, and only one of our PCs has the latest version of Windows 10 (ver. 1809).

AdDuplex's data isn't exact, as it's drawn from a sample set of PCs that run its ads, via Microsoft Store applications. But this 2.8 percent showing is a far cry from what AdDuplex has seen in the past. Today, nearly all of Windows 10 users are on the April update.

After pausing the update in October, Microsoft published a blog post (opens in new tab) detailing how it handles each Windows release. The post promised "as part of our commitment to being more transparent about our approach to quality, this blog will be the first in a series of more in-depth explanations of the work we do to deliver quality in our Windows releases."

Hopefully the October update's issues will mean a more cautious rollout next spring, as new issues still seem to be popping up. Just this week, Apple updated its Windows iCloud application (opens in new tab) to fix some major compatibility problems with the October release, and network drive have also had problems in the resumed rollout. You may be able to prompt version 1809 now by telling Windows to look for the latest update. But given its problem so far, it's probably best to wait until your PC downloads the October update itself. The longer you wait, the more time Microsoft has to iron out those remaining wrinkles.

Wes Fenlon
Wes Fenlon

Wes has been covering games and hardware for more than 10 years, first at tech sites like The Wirecutter (opens in new tab) and Tested (opens in new tab) before joining the PC Gamer team in 2014. Wes plays a little bit of everything, but he'll always jump at the chance to cover emulation and Japanese games.


When he's not obsessively optimizing and re-optimizing a tangle of conveyor belts in Satisfactory (it's really becoming a problem), he's probably playing a 20-year-old Final Fantasy or some opaque ASCII roguelike. With a focus on writing and editing features, he seeks out personal stories and in-depth histories from the corners of PC gaming and its niche communities. 50% pizza by volume (deep dish, to be specific).