Windows 10 October 2018 update was announced a while back and Microsoft mentioned that the new update would come with support for DirectX Ray Tracing. The API that will support Nvidia RTX graphics cards with features like ray tracing and DLSS.
It turns out, the update is now being halted due to an issue with Intel drivers that are causing some unexpected problems. Some people have reported losing their data when updating to Windows 10 October 2018 update. Rollback is also not something that will solve this issue as it turns out, once you update your data is gone and it’s pretty much irreversible.
According to Microsoft, the new DirectX Ray Tracing API, will not only make the experience better for users but developers as well. The following is what the company had to say in this regard:
“Developers in the future will be able to spend less time with expensive pre-computations generating custom lightmaps, shadow maps and ambient occlusion maps for each asset. Realism will be easier to achieve for game engines: accurate shadows, lighting, reflections and ambient occlusion are a natural consequence of raytracing and don’t require extensive work refining and iterating on complicated scene-specific shaders”.
Users will be glad to know that Intel has rolled out a patch for the issue and that Microsoft will not let Windows 10 update until you have updated your drivers. If you are interested in installing the Windows 10 October 2018 update, be sure to update your drivers beforehand.
The user that reported the issue mentioned that he lost 22 years worth of data that accounted for 220GB. After the update, it was all wiped, this is actually very unfortunate and Microsoft should take note here.
When it comes to Windows 10 October 2018 update, I would say that it is better to be safe rather than sorry. If you have faced similar issues, be sure to mention them in the comments below.