In a statement to ZDNet, which first noticed the takedown, Microsoft explained the whole thing was a miscommunication and not a more radical shift in the way the company handles software updates. The company said it had noticed the November update for Windows 10 was causing a minor bug for some users, so it pulled the software while it fixed the issue.
Everything is fixed now, so it’s once again available.
Here’s the complete statement from Microsoft, according to ZDNet:
“Recently we learned of an issue that could have impacted an extremely small number of people who had already installed Windows 10 and applied the November update. Once these customers installed the November update, a few of their settings preferences may have inadvertently not been retained. For these customers, we will restore their settings over the coming days and we apologize for the inconvenience. We worked to resolve the issue as quickly as possible – it will not impact future installs of the November update, which is available today.”
The removal caused a stir because it looked like Microsoft was moving away from the media creation site, the upgrade tool that gave users more control over when their machines received the latest version of the Windows 10 operating system. The November update was still offered through the standard Windows Update channel, but that could take weeks for the software to be rolled out to all 110 million devices running Windows 10.
According to ZDNet, the bug in the November update was resetting privacy settings for a small number of users. That had some legal implications, so lawyers were called in, the update was pulled and communication came to a halt.
But fear not, Windows 10 updaters, it seems like all is back to normal now.