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Discus and support A Solution to Windows Update failing on older versions of Windows 10 in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I did a new install on Win 10 using a very old Windows 10 Pro image (last time I borrow something from my son). When it was done I wound up with V 1607... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by jack63ss, Jan 17, 2021.

  1. jack63ss Win User

    A Solution to Windows Update failing on older versions of Windows 10


    I did a new install on Win 10 using a very old Windows 10 Pro image (last time I borrow something from my son). When it was done I wound up with V 1607 successfully installed (~2016) and I was able to Activate it. However, the "dastardly" Auto-Update feature was enabled, so every time I rebooted it would check and then try to Update. It managed to install most of the V 1803 updates successfully, but it kept failing trying to install V 1903. No reason was given, it just said the update for 1903 failed.

    I tried a couple of ways to force the update, but got the same result every time. So I figured I would go to the Microsoft Download Windows 10 website, download a new image and use it to an upgrade. However there was an "Update Now" option on the site that allowed me to upgrade to the Windows 10 October 2020 build from there. After a long period (~45 minutes) of "Working on updates ..% Don't turn off your PC ...", it finished and rebooted (the 4th time). And when it was done it had successfully upgrade to the latest version.

    So, my suggestion is, if Update doesn't work from Windows Update on your system, just go to the website and do it from there. *Biggrin

    :)
     
    jack63ss, Jan 17, 2021
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  2. Ahhzz Win User

    Windows 10 Tweaks

    Pressing “Windows+Pause Break” (it’s up there next to scroll lock) opens the “System” Window.

    Windows 10: In the new version of Windows, Explorer has a section called Quick Access. This includes your frequent folders and recent files. Explorer defaults to opening this page when you open a new window. If you’d rather open the usual This PC, with links to your drives and library folders, follow these steps:

    • Open a new Explorer window.
    • Click View in the ribbon.
    • Click Options.
    • Under General, next to “Open File Explorer to:” choose “This PC.”
    • Click OK


    credit to Lifehacker.
     
    Ahhzz, Jan 17, 2021
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  3. jds21 Win User
    Windows Updates failed to instal

    I just did step one and they have just all installed.... thank you so much.... it was quite frustrating having that update window pop up every 5 minutes and failing to instal every time

    Thanks mate
     
    jds21, Jan 17, 2021
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  4. AsRock Win User

    A Solution to Windows Update failing on older versions of Windows 10

    Windows Updates failed to instal

    I'm not sure how differant XP media center Edition is but you could clear the history \ cache if these folders are there.

    Step 1 Register DLL files.

    =================

    By trying this step, we can check if the update engines are working properly.



    1. Close all instances of Internet Explorer.

    2. Click Start and Run, type "Regsvr32 atl.dll" (without quotes) in the Open box and click OK.



    Note: There is a space between regsvr32 and atl.dll



    3. Similarly, one by one, register the files listed below:



    Regsvr32 msxml3.dll

    Regsvr32 wuapi.dll

    Regsvr32 wuaueng.dll

    Regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll

    Regsvr32 wups2.dll

    Regsvr32 wucltui.dll

    Regsvr32 wups.dll

    Regsvr32 wuweb.dll

    Regsvr32 qmgr.dll

    Regsvr32 qmgrprxy.dll

    Regsvr32 jscript.dll



    Note: If you encounter errors while registering any of these files then skip that file and continue with the next one.



    If the issue persists, let's move on to the steps below to verify Windows Update services and temporary folders.



    Step 2 Verify the relevant Windows Update services.

    =========================================

    1. Click Start->Run, type "services.msc" (without quotation marks) in the open box and click OK.

    2. Double click the service "Automatic Updates".

    3. Click on the Log On tab, please ensure the option "Local System account" is selected and the option "Allow service to interact with desktop" is unchecked.

    4. Check if this service has been enabled on the listed Hardware Profile. If not, please click the Enable button to enable it.

    5. Click on the tab "General "; make sure the "Startup Type" is "Automatic" or "Manual". Then please click the button "Stop" under "Service Status" to stop the service.

    6. Then please click the button "Start" under "Service Status" to start the service.

    7. Please repeat the above steps with the other services:



    Background Intelligent Transfer Service

    Event Log

    Remote Procedure Call (RPC)



    Note: Event log service is enabled on all of the hardware profiles; this service does not have an option to enable or disable on certain hardware profile.



    If it still does not help, let's proceed to step 3.



    Step 3 Reload the Update temporary folders.

    ===================================

    One possible cause is that the temporary folder for Windows Update is containing corrupted files. Let's erase all the files there to get the system clean.



    1. Click Start, Run, type: cmd and press Enter. Please run the following command in the opened window.



    Net stop WuAuServ



    2. Click Start, Run, type: %windir% and press Enter.

    3. In the opened folder, rename the folder SoftwareDistribution to Sdold.

    4. Click Start, Run, type: cmd and press Enter. Please run the following command in the opened window.



    Net start WuAuServ



    Please test the Windows Update website and let me know the result. If the issue persists, to clarify the issue and provide more accurate troubleshooting steps, please assist me in collecting the following information.
     
    AsRock, Jan 17, 2021
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