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Apple fixes October 2018 Update iCloud bug, Microsoft removes upgrade block

iCloud on Windows 10
iCloud on Windows 10 (Image credit: Windows Central)

Apple this week updated iCloud for Windows, resolving a stubborn bug that prevented the cloud service from updating and syncing shared albums on the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

The issue, which was seen with iCloud for Windows version, initially caused Microsoft to put an upgrade block in place for PCs that were already running iCloud, preventing them from installing the October 2018 Update.

"To ensure a seamless experience, Microsoft is blocking devices with iCloud for Windows (version software installed from being offered Window 10, version 1809 until this issue has been resolved," the company said at the time.

Microsoft's support page (opens in new tab) has now been updated to indicate that the issue is now resolved with the release of iCloud for Windows version 7.8.1 (opens in new tab). Users are encouraged to upgrade to the new version of iCloud before downloading and installing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, to avoid any issues.

Though the iCloud issue is now resolved, Microsoft still has four upgrade blocks in place. One of the issues is related to Intel display drivers Microsoft says were "inadvertently released," and are causing problems by turning on unsupported features in Windows. Other upgrade blocks in place are related to F5 VPN clients, Trend Micro compatibility issues, and unsupported AMD Radeon GPUs.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to

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  • Anybody know what happens if you use iCloud on Windows to point your photos to your OneDrive photos folder? Would files sync down to the PC when iCloud syncs and then up into OneDrive? That would let you turn off OneDrive sync if you are currently doubling up. Just using OneDrive isn't as much of an option if you want seamless access to photos on iPhone without having them all on the local device