Upcoming Windows 10 Updates, are you prepared?
In its constant mission to support Windows 10 with major overhauls, Microsoft has shifted its attention towards development of Redstone 5, or the Windows 10 October 2018 Update – now that the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, previously known as Redstone 4, has been released.
Just like past Windows 10 releases, the Windows 10 October 2018 Update is bringing a ton of new and exciting features to freshen up your PC experience. With features like a Window s01 News app and improved phone integration, Windows 10 Redstone 5 is going to revolutionize the way we use our Windows 10 PCs.
We will likely see some improvements to Windows Mixed Reality, making that feature much more attractive to the common user. We may even see some Hololens improvements. If this sounds attractive, you can download and install the Windows 10 October 2018 Update now by joining the Windows Insider Program – though its full release is likely right around the corner.
And, while we don’t know precisely when the Windows 10 October 2018 Update is going to make its way onto our PCs, we do know that it’s going to release next month. Beyond that, we can still do some speculation on the exact release date.
Cut to the chase
What is it? The next major update for Windows 10
When is it out? Possibly around October 2018
What will it cost? As with previous major Windows 10 updates, it will be free
Windows 10 October 2018 Update release date
So, we know that the Windows 10 October 2018 Update is going to hit our PCs in October, but what about a definitive date?
Well, looking back at the release of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, we didn’t get it until the very end of April – Microsoft kept pushing it back due to bugs. However, this time around, it looks like Microsoft is taking steps to prevent another rocky rollout. The tech giant has sent out a fix to users running older versions of Windows 10 to make updating to the latest version easier.
So, because Microsoft is putting the final touches on the October 2018 Update, we’re expecting Redstone 5 to launch by the end of October, with testing to roll out by the end of September.
If you don’t want to wait the final couple of weeks for Microsoft to hammer out all the kinks with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, you can download and install it today. You’ll even be able to pick up the Windows 10 Redstone 5 ISO to repair your system in case you mess something up.
Microsoft seems to be on track to make its October release goal, so we’re hoping that the Windows 10 October 2018 Update can make it to our PCs without any crippling issues.
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Schedule a restart or pause updates in Windows 10
Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs updates to make sure your device is up to date. To finish installing the update, your device will need to restart. If you're asked to restart your device while you're busy using it, you can schedule the restart for a more convenient time:
Select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & security > Windows Update .
Select Schedule the restart and choose a time that's convenient for you. Note: You can set active hours to make sure automatic restarts for updates only happen when you're not using your PC. Learn about active hours for Windows 10
If you’re using Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise, you can choose to temporarily pause updates from being downloaded and installed:
Select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & security > Windows Update . Under Update settings, select Advanced options.
Turn on Pause updates. Note: After a certain amount of time, or after canceling a pause, you'll need to install the latest updates before you can pause updates again.
Get updates when you're away from your PC with active hours in Windows 10
Set active hours to let Windows know when you're typically at your PC. We’ll use that info to schedule updates and restarts when you’re not using the PC.
Select the Start button, select Settings > Update & security > Windows Update , then select Change active hours.
Choose the start time and end time for active hours, and then select Save.
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