At this point, Microsoft should probably call it a day on Windows 10's troubled 1809 update. Last week, the company again had to block the patch for some users. There's a tiny ray of sunlight for Microsoft however, with the blame falling — at least partly — on Intel's shoulders.
Microsoft has temporarily halted the rollout of its October 2018 update for Windows 10 (version 1809), writing in a page dedicated to the update that it would 'investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating.'
While Microsoft continues to work on its update "status dashboard", users can visit the company's dedicated page to find out what patches are being blocked and why.
In the case of some systems with Intel display drivers, Microsoft was forced to block 1809 after Intel "inadvertently released" a new driver that "accidentally turned on unsupported features in Windows".
Affected operating systems include Windows 10, Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server.
The problem with the drivers isn't system-imploding, but nonetheless annoying, as the status page explains:
After updating to Windows 10, version 1809, audio playback from a monitor or television connected to a PC via HDMI, USB-C, or a DisplayPort may not function correctly on devices with these drivers.
The page goes on to say that Intel and Microsoft are working together to "expire [the] display drivers". In the meantime, a temporary fix is available, though you'll need to contact a "Microsoft agent" to get it.
Over the last month, Microsoft's done an amazing job of convincing people to never install Windows again, after a data-deleting Windows 10 update made it through QA. Now, relenting to pressure from enterprise users, Microsoft has begun work on a 'status dashboard' for updates to prevent IT admins from being caught flat-footed in the future.