Yikes! Windows 10 October Update Has Another File-Deleting Issue

While it's not all that surprising that the Windows 10 October 2018 Update has some bugs, it's alarming that the recent update has deleted users' files. And just when you thought it couldn't get worse, it appears that your files are in danger once again.

Multiple Windows 10 users have reported that ZIP functions aren't prompting them with a choice of whether files should be overwritten or not.  Therefore, when attempting to unzip files to a specific folder, Windows 10 will automatically delete everything else in that folder with the same name in place of the current unzipped files.

"I've reinstalled windows and it still does it, it's only on the October update. Pretty nasty bug since you can accidentally overwrite a file and have no way of getting it back," a Reddit user writes.

This could be a critical loss of data for anyone who uses Windows 10's built-in ZIP function. On top of that, there have been reported issues that the unzipping operation isn't even working at all, so no files are being replaced whatsoever.

However, you can easily get around these issues by using a third-party application like WinRAR.

We're uncertain how far these issues have spread across Windows 10 users, but we're hoping that Microsoft is working out the kinks in the current update.

Rami Tabari

Rami Tabari is an Editor for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder's dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline attached to the latest Souls-like challenge.