How to cancel your pending Windows 10 update

Multiple warnings to Windows users not to download the latest update for Windows 10 have been posted online.

The Windows 10 October 2018 update is reportedly deleting users’ personal files after it is installed, and Microsoft has pulled the update from its download site.

The company has also stopped pushing the update to users via automatic updates.

The update is reported to affect users’ files stored in the “Documents” folder. If your files are missing, you have been affected by the bug.

“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,” said Microsoft.

Microsoft has also recommended that users cancel any pending updates to the October 2018 update queued in their systems.

Softpedia News reported that there are three ways to do this:

  • Navigate to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download (or the appropriate hard drive path) and delete the download.
  • In Windows 10 Pro, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and set up the update deferral.
  • Restart Windows Update by navigating to services.msc in the Start menu. Access Windows Update, and double-click Stop. Wait a few seconds, then press Start.

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