Windows 10 November Update is available again, was pulled due to privacy concerns

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Recently, we reported that Microsoft pulled Windows 10 November Update (aka Threshold 2) from Windows Update, and the company also removed the Media Creation Tool for the November Update. Microsoft was really quite about this incident, and the company didn’t reveal the “main” reason behind this. Now, the company has finally revealed the reason behind pulling the first major update for Windows 10.

Apparently, Windows 10 November Update would reset four important privacy settings (back to their default state) if a user upgrades from Windows 10 Threshold 1 (original release, build 10240) to the November Update or uses the Media Creation Tool to upgrade. The company states:

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.

For those wondering, here are the four settings which weren’t retained when a user upgraded to the November Update: Let apps use my advertising ID, Turn on SmartScreen Filter for web content, Let apps run in the background and Sync with devices.

If you weren’t able to get the November Update, you should now be able to get it from Windows 10 Build 10240. Hooray!

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