When Microsoft claimed that they “focused on helping people across their work and personal lives” with their new update, deleting personal files isn’t exactly what most users had in mind. In a quick response to the spreading panic they said:
“We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating.”
They declined to comment further. If you’ve already installed the update, Microsoft is recommending minimizing use of your Windows 10 device as much as possible and contacting them immediately via their number or contact page.
“Please don’t install it.”
– Microsoft, 2018
If you do have the update you might want to make sure your Intel drivers are up to date (that will fix performance bugs) and check if any files have been deleted. Currently, it’s believed that only files in the documents folder of a user are affected. According to Microsoft, the majority of users who downloaded the update didn’t have any files deleted, and if that’s the case for you then you can continue using your PC as normal.