Microsoft this week restarted the automatic distribution of Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the problem-plagued upgrade that was pulled from release just days after its initial debut.

“We are now starting our phased rollout to users via Windows Update, initially offering the update to devices we believe will have the best update experience based on our next-generation machine-learning model,” Microsoft said in a refreshed support document.

That rollout was supposed to start three months ago.

Microsoft began offering the October 2018 Update, aka 1809 in its four-number yymm designation, on Oct. 2, but only to those who manually sought the feature upgrade (so-called “seekers”) who clicked on “Check for Updates” within the OS. Within days, however, it blocked that access after acknowledging that some users’ files had been irretrievably lost.

If that hadn’t happened, Microsoft would have probably begun pushing the upgrade to users later in October. Microsoft stages delivery of its feature upgrades by first giving the code to a few, starting with PCs that telemetry signals are most likely to successfully install the refresh without problems. Only when it’s satisfied that everything is going smoothly does Microsoft expand delivery to more systems.

But because of the situation’s seriousness, Microsoft initially re-released 1809 only to volunteers in the Windows Insider program. Not until December was the company confident enough in the upgrade to again offer it to all seekers.

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