Failed Windows 10 updates can be frustrating, especially because you may not know what is causing them. You can avoid most update errors with a few maintenance tasks before you even click the Update button.
These tips will guide you through the next Windows 10 update this spring (version 21H1) without breaking a sweat. They are also fundamental for future updates.
Check if there is enough space
For an efficient Windows 10 update, make sure you have enough space. The type of update determines the amount of space you need to keep free on your hard drive. While small updates such as patches or service packs do not require more than hundreds of megabytes, large updates require far more.
According to Microsoft, you need at least 32 GB of free space to install a major Windows 10 update.
You can always reschedule the update due to insufficient free space and use this as an opportunity to clean up the hard drive by deleting all non-essential files. Also, back up only the files you want. This exercise will give you an idea of which file you want to include in the backup so that you can run an antivirus scan. There is no point in backing up infected files.
Hard drive problems can cause the update to fail. So check it for errors too. Here's how to do it.
Right-click the C: drive (the default drive for installation).
Choose Tools Click the tab Check Button.
In Windows 10, you might see a message saying that you don't need to scan them, but you need to scan anyway to make sure. Scanning the drive won't slow your work because you can use the drive while Windows 10 is scanning it.
Look for any damaged files
A damaged file can cause problems updating the operating system or even stop the whole process. Fortunately, identifying and replacing damaged files is pretty easy. This is how it works:
Find "Command Prompt" and click command prompt (You should run Command Prompt as an administrator.)
Copy "sfc / scannow ” in the command prompt window and press Enter.
The system file checker command searches all system files and replaces damaged files from the cached copies.
Check the administrator rights
There are two categories of user accounts: default and Administrator. While you can do a lot of activities with the standard account, you can't use it to update Windows 10.
To find out what type of account you're using:
Choose the settings.
Of the the settings Select menu Accounts.
click Your info.
If your account name says "Administrator", you can upgrade Windows 10. Otherwise you have to acquire administrator rights under Windows.
Back up your important files
If you're upgrading Windows 10, it's better to play it safe. It may be easier to back up individual folders or documents using cloud storage or a physical backup than creating multiple recovery points using the system restore feature.
For your most important files and documents, you can use either option to make sure they are 100% secure. Choose a shockproof hard drive and encrypted cloud storage.
If you rely on your browser to save all login information and settings, you could end up with an unpleasant surprise after the Windows 10 update. There have been previous updates that deleted all information stored in the browser.
You can use a password manager that keeps your credentials in an encrypted vault. All you need is your login ID and a master password to access it. Do not create a Word document or Excel spreadsheet to store these sensitive details as these are easy targets for hackers. A better idea would be to write your credentials on a piece of paper and keep them in a safe place.
Enable system restore
In Windows 10, System Restore is a feature that allows you to take a snapshot of the current working state and create a restore point before any system changes are made. If a critical problem occurs while you are making changes to the system, you can use System Restore to restore your device to its previous working state using a restore point without losing your files.
Here's how you can enable System Restore in Windows 10:
Find "Create a restore point" and select Create a restore point.
Of the Available drives List, select the main system drive.
Choose Configure to open a new window.
Check Turn on system protection. The slider allows you to choose the amount of storage you want to keep for the recovery function.
Note: By clicking on the Clear Click the button to remove all restore points. Make sure you don't delete a previous restore point before creating a new one. You can delete older restore points if you need to free up space.
Windows 10 now creates a new restore point when a new update is completed or when certain system changes have been made. You can also manually create restore points before making any system changes.
Update the drivers
The drivers are updated with every Windows 10 update. However, third-party drivers can cause problems installing Windows updates, which will show up as an error starting with 0xC1900101. Check all third-party drivers and update them if necessary.
This is how you can update the drivers.
Press the File manager Symbol.
Right click This pc and select Manage.
Of the Device manager List, choose System tools. A list of all installed drivers is displayed.
Select a driver, right click on it and choose Update driver.
Clear the list of startup programs
If Windows 10 has more startup tasks to do, the update may take longer. Removing startup programs speeds up the update. This is how it works:
Open that Task manager Window. You can do this by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del or right click on the taskbar and select Task manager.
Choose Start up Tab.
To remove a program from the list, select it and click Deactivate.
Just leave your mouse and keyboard connected. If non-essential devices (e.g. external storage devices and drives) are connected to your PC or laptop during the Windows 10 update, the update installation can be slowed down.
This is because Windows 10 is trying to detect them and look for suitable drivers. Even storage devices like a USB flash drive or peripherals like docks can interfere with the update.
Follow these tips for a smooth Windows 10 update
We've rounded up some of the Windows 10 update best practices so you know how to prepare your device, protect your files, what can slow down the update, and more. Despite your best intentions, the next update may get stuck due to unforeseen reasons. There are also ways to fix this and make the whole process less nerve-wracking.
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