You shall not patch! Microsoft has blocked the new Windows 10 update

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This caused a new issue, though - users with KFR previously enabled found that files still in their default location were deleted, the idea being that only the new "active" redirected folders would remain. The company also states it will provide an update as soon as a fixed version of the Windows 10 October 2018 will be rolled out again. KFR allows users to change the location of those predefined Windows folders - so they can be moved to other drives, for example - but to be affected by the bug, users also needed to have kept the original (old) versions of these predefined files and folders in place.

Last week, Microsoft put the brakes on its Windows 10 October 2018 version 1809 update after some reports of post-update data loss.

At present, the revised version of the October 2018 Update is only being made available to users who've signed up to the Windows Insider program, and Microsoft says it will monitor their feedback and data diagnostics. If there are still files in the "Documents" folder then you're not affected by the issue, according to another tweet from Sarkar.

Known Folder Redirects gives users options to move the classic Windows folders Desktop, Documents, Pictures, Videos, and so on to another location. Data loss is considered to be a serious outcome, but the problem wasn't flagged highly for Microsoft because of the small number of affected users, Cable suggested. The company has released Windows 10 cumulative updates to several previous versions of the operating system, including the April 2018 Update, Fall Creators Update, Creators Update, and the Anniversary Update.

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Based on that statement, it appears that the deleted files may be recoverable, but it's definitely a good idea to refrain from using the computer further to ensure that things don't get overwritten and lost forever. So, to solve the problem, Microsoft introduced code that would delete those old, empty folders.

To help our customers that may be impacted by this issue, Microsoft Support is assisting customers and trying to recover data for users who may have experienced related data loss.

Microsoft enabled new feedback functionality today that adds options to classify impact and severity of the reported issue.

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