Windows 10 version 1809 may have yet another file-deleting bug

Joanna Estrada
October 22, 2018

Since the announcement of Windows 10 October update 2018, things have been going pretty bad for Windows users. It won't be long before the update becomes a scary anecdote in Microsoft's history again.

When it was discovered earlier this month that the 1809 build of Windows 10 was deleting user files just because, Microsoft halted the update until the problem was fixed. One that won't directly delete your files but won't tell you that it deleted them either.

The data loss issue back then affected systems on which some default folders such as Documents or Pictures were moved to another location without moving the files they contained. Microsoft pulled the update and gave it another round of testing among the fearless souls that make up its testers.

Yesterday, several users on Reddit reported that Windows 10's in-built interface for compressed archive won't actually extract files properly. Some users have complained that Windows will overwrite existing files on the hard drive without asking, if a file with the same name exists. Windows 10 version 1809 users should consider using a third-party ZIP application in the meantime for all copying and unzipping operations.

Previous versions of Windows 10 would prompt the user for an action such as replacing the original file with the new copy or skipping it. Windows 10 version 1809 does not prompt according to reports but overwrites automatically in the selected destination folder.

Still, for the time being, you might want to double-check your file operations until Microsoft releases a fix. Given how it has made Windows 10 updates practically inescapable, it should take extra care not to sacrifice quality and stability for the sake of speed.

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