Windows 10 update has been released by Microsoft by accident
Microsoft has apologised to users after it released an update to its popular Windows 10 operating system by mistake.
The US technology giant said the Windows 10 build was accidentally released to members enlisted on its Insiders programme.
According to Microsoft, the update wasn't fully tested with the firm stating that, "this build was never intended to go out to Windows Insiders and may include issues that impact usability of your PC."
This problem happened due to an inadvertent deployment to the engineering system that controls which builds/which rings to push out to insiders.
Microsoft says its team was quick to revert the deployment and put blocks in place to stop these builds from going out to more people.
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It's currently unclear exactly how many users will have been affected by the issue although Microsoft has said that its analysis shows only a small portion of Insiders got these builds.
For those who received one of these builds on your devices – Microsoft has issued the following advice.
"If you received this build (from RS_EDGE_CASE) on your PC: Please be aware that this build was never intended to go out to Windows Insiders and may include issues that impact usability of your PC – more so than the normal builds we give you.
"You can either sit tight and wait for us to publish a newer build to you or you can roll-back to the previous build via Settings > Update & security > Recovery. And check your Windows Insider Program settings.
NOTE: You have up to 10 days to roll-back and this will only work if you did not do Disk Cleanup to remove your previous Windows installation.
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Although this update has clearly caused some issues, Microsoft is warning all users to make sure their PCs are up to date.
Earlier this month the world was hit by a deadly new cyber virus which infected millions of PCs and even brought the NHS to its knees.
WannaCry took over computers with malicious software which blocked access to systems and files until a ransom was paid.
Microsoft is now warning every user to update to the latest version of the popular software.
A statement from Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith said: "As cybercriminals become more sophisticated, there is simply no way for customers to protect themselves against threats unless they update their systems."