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Boot Camp users may want to wait to install the latest Windows 10 update

Users of Boot Camp may want to hold off on the October update for Windows 10, as users are reporting instances of file deletions and issues with Intel drivers, both of which are causing problems for some using Microsoft's operating system on their Mac.




The rollout of Windows 10 1809 commenced on Tuesday, but early upgraders are already complaining about issues in the latest update, with two issues surrounding user documents and drivers. Along with users on Reddit and Microsoft's support forums, MSPowerUser reports instances where documents, music, photographs, and other files saved to the user directory before the installation had been wiped afterward.

AppleInsider has witnessed the file deletion on a Boot Camp install on a 2016 MacBook Pro, on a 2017 iMac 5K, and on an install inside a Parallels virtual machine as well.

The file deletion may be related to folder association with OneDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage service. Users are suggesting that if the documents were saved in the user directory but not connected to OneDrive, the directory can be wiped.

A second problem is that some users have problems with specific Intel audio drivers, which according to a Windows support page could result in "excessive processor demand and reduced battery life," which will cause the installation of version 1809 to fail.

Affected users will see a window titled "What needs your attention" before commencing the update, advising one of the drivers is installed on the system. Microsoft advises to click Back in the notification to remain on the current version, and not to click the Confirm button, as the installation would then continue, and users may "experience compatibility issues."

Microsoft is also blocking devices from being offered the update until updated Intel device drivers are installed on the system's current operating system version. The company also advises against manually updating using the Update Now button or the Media Creation Tool until the drivers are available, unless checks are made beforehand to ensure the target computer will not be affected.

AppleInsider can confirm audio issues in Boot Camp with the Windows 10 update on a 2018 15-inch i9 MacBook Pro, a 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro, and a 5,1 Mac Pro. Reinstalling Apple's Boot Camp drivers solved the problem on the MacBook Pros, but not the Mac Pro.

The October Update to Windows 10 introduces a refined system search tool, a new Snip and Sketch tool, battery levels for Bluetooth devices, extended text size options, a built-in clipboard manager, the Your Phone app to manage an Android smartphone and send and read text messages, a dark theme for File Explorer, and other additions.