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Windows 10 October 2018 update bug causes zip files to overwrite without confirmation

However, Microsoft will likely be able to fix the bug easily enough.

  • Published: October 24, 2018 10:34 AM IST
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After reports of significant bugs and issues, Microsoft has halted the roll-out of the Windows 10 October 2018 update. The update is expected to be a significant one from a security and functionality point of view, but news of issues has prompted the software giant to put the update on hold. Windows 10 version 1809, which is the updated version post the latest roll-out, is said to have issues pertaining to zip files overwriting without confirmation.

As reported by many users, the update is causing an issue where zip files of the same name stored on a folder are overwriting without confirmation from the user. Ordinarily, when a file of the same name is placed in a folder on Windows, the OS asks for a confirmation, thereby preventing the existing file from being replaced and erased. In the case of zip files, Windows 10 post the update appears to be ignoring the confirmation prompt and directly erasing the old file.

However, a report from Windows Latest suggests that the issue has already been addressed in preview builds of Windows 10, and the fixed version of the update has already started rolling out to Insiders – users who receive early access to new software and updates. This suggests that the bug isn’t critical, and that the update roll-out will resume soon enough.

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With all other types of files, the issue doesn’t seem to exist. When adding files of the same name in most cases, Windows does ask for a confirmation before overwriting the existing file. And while the circumstances that could lead to accidental data deletion are admittedly twisted, a bug is a bug, and needs to be fixed. Microsoft‘s Windows OS is the most popular in the world for computers, alongside macOS from Apple. And while macOS is limited to only Apple products, Windows is used by various OEMs as the built-in option.

  • Published Date: October 24, 2018 10:34 AM IST