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On October 17th, 2017, Microsoft released the new version of Windows 10, known as Fall Creators Update. Plenty of users have installed the update already, either because it became available for their computer, or by downloading it manually from Microsoft’s website. As with any update, Fall Creators Update may create some problems. Thus, we will explore all the available solutions for the most common update problems.

For detailed instructions on how to install Fall Creators Update, visit our guide.

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Repair Windows before the update

If we haven’t updated our Windows for a long time, we might face some problems during the installation of Fall Creators Update.

Therefore, it is advised to do a system repair before installation.

We will have to use the command line, but the procedure is simple and straightforward.

  1. Press Windows key + R.
  2. Type “msconfig” and press OK.
  3. On the Boot tab, check the “Safe boot” box.
  4. Restart your computer and wait until it boots into safe mode.
  5. Type “cmd” on search, right-click on it, and choose “Run as administrator.”
  6. Type “sfc /scannow” and press Enter.
  7. Wait until the scan ends.
  8. Follow steps 1 to 3 again to uncheck “Safe boot.”
  9. Reboot.

Furthermore, you should always create a system backup before an update.

Problems during the installation

Besides the repair, we still might face issues during the installation of Fall Creators Update. The next steps will help us overcome most update problems, with either Windows Updates or Media Creation Tool.

Errors downloading the updates

Sometimes, the system is not able to communicate with Microsoft’s servers; thus, we can’t install the new update.

The error codes for that kind of problems are the following:

How to solve

The most common reason for this problem is the use of a VPN service.

If we use any VPN service, we need to deactivate it and try again to install the update.

In a most unusual scenario, it is possible that an app occupies the system reserved space that the updates need to use.

In such a case, we can deactivate the antivirus program we use, which is the major suspect for this kind of problem. If we still can’t update, the next step is to use a third-party tool to expand the system reserved partition to at least 500MB.

Unexpected error during download

On the other hand, if you see the above error code, then there was an unexpected error during the download.

How to solve

To solve it, you’ll have to clean the temporary files and free some space on your drive. You can do this with the Disk Cleanup tool.

  1. Press the Windows key + R.
  2. Type “cleanmgr” and press OK.
  3. Select the C: drive.
  4. Click on “Clean up system files” and choose C: drive once again.
  5. Select the files you want to delete. Usually, you can clean the Recycle Bin, Temporary files, Temporary internet files, System error memory dump, Temporary Windows installation files, etc.
  6. Click OK and choose Delete files to proceed.
  7. Once you finish, repeat the update.

Windows Update doesn’t finish the installation

Sometimes we might get an error when we try to install Fall Creators Update through Windows Update. Usually, the error code is the following:

No matter the error, the first thing we can do is run Windows Update Troubleshooter.

  1. First, we open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Select Troubleshoot and run the troubleshooter for Windows Update.
  4. Click on Apply and fix to resolve any issue.
  5. Restart your computer and try to install the update again.

If you still have a problem with Fall Creators Update, even after the troubleshooting, you can try to install the update through Media Creation Tool.

Missing or corrupted files

During the download or installation of Fall Creators Update, we get an error saying that some files are missing or they are corrupted.

The relevant error code is the following:

How to solve

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Windows Update > Check for updates.

If the installation fails again, we use the Media Creation Tool and create a bootable USB for a clean install.

Media Creation Tool stuck on downloading the updates

However, the tool may face problems downloading some update, and it might get stuck.

If that happens, usually Media Creation Tool gets stuck at the end of the download and right before the installation begins, without any error code.

How to solve

The easy way to fix this is to disconnect your computer from the internet when the download reaches 100%, turning off the Wi-Fi adapter or plugging off the Ethernet cable.

The tool will stop searching for downloads, and it will proceed with the installation process.

After the installation, make sure to check for updates with Windows Updates, to install anything that might be missing.

Media Creation Tool errors

Most errors with Media Creation Tool are related to a Windows process called DynamicUpdate.

If you restart the process, the download will start over, but it will be stuck once again.

How to solve

    1. Press Windows key + E to open the explorer.
    2. Type the following on the address bar and hit Enter:
      C:$Windows.~WSSourcesWindowssources

    3. Run the Setupprep.exe to start the update again.

    0x80070490 – 0x20003

    If you encounter this error, use the cleanup process we mention above, and delete all the temporary files.

    Then, disconnect all your peripherals and perform the repair you’ll find at the beginning of this guide.

    Try to upgrade again with a bootable USB. You can always backup your system and perform a clean install of Windows.

    Bootable USB errors

    If we use a bootable USB to install Fall Creators Update on Windows, we may deal with a couple of known issues.

    The culprits this time may be some corrupted system files on the installation media.

    How to solve

    At first, we need to write the ISO once again to our USB, because something might have gone wrong the first time. Alternatively, we can use a different flash drive to make sure the first one wasn’t damaged.

    If the problem remains, then the ISO might be faulty. We have to re-download it with Media Creation Tool.

    Minimum requirements error

    Most of the devices – if not all – that are compatible with Windows 10 should run well with Fall Creators Update.

    However, after the Anniversary Update Microsoft changed the minimum system requirements. For Fall Creators Update the minimum requirements are the following:

    On older devices, you might get the following error codes:

    • 0xC1900200 – 0x20008
    • 0xC1900202 – 0x20008

    How to solve

    The only solution to these problems is to consider buying a newer system.

    As we mentioned, if you already had Windows 10 and you’re just updating to the newest version, it is highly unlikely that you’ll run into this problem.

    However, there might be some low-end tablets or laptops that won’t be able to run Fall Creators Update. The problem might be solved by installing more RAM in case of laptops.

    Driver issues during the installation

    Any error that starts with 0xC1900101 has to do with driver incompatibilities.

    The following errors are some of the most known ones:

    • 0xC1900101 – 0x20004
    • 0xC1900101 – 0x2000c
    • 0xC1900101 – 0x20017
    • 0xC1900101 – 0x30018
    • 0xC1900101 – 0x3000D
    • 0xC1900101 – 0x4000D
    • 0xC1900101 – 0x40017

    How to solve

    The first thing you want to do is fix the problematic driver.

    1. Right-click on Start and choose Device Manager.
    2. Right-click on the problematic driver, marked with a yellow warning sign.
    3. Choose to uninstall the device and follow the directions.

    After that, try to install the Windows Fall Creators Update again.

    If the troubling device is a USB peripheral, we unplug it and try again. As a precaution, we can unplug all the peripheral devices we don’t need, like hard drives, printers, speakers, etc.

    If nothing of the above works, we can try to repair our system with the steps described at the beginning of this guide.[link]

    As an alternative, we can try to use Media Creation Tool.

    Compatibility issues

    This error code relates to a compatibility issue with a driver or program.

    Graphics cards cause the problem in the driver cases, whereas older programs are the culprits on the software side.

    How to solve

    It may be pretty hard to locate the root of this problem, especially if our computer runs smoothly without Fall Creators Update.

    The fastest way to skip the error is to use Media Creation Tool.

    During the update, the tool will help us find the cause, and it will suggest a solution.

    We can then install the newest drivers or uninstall the driver completely. To do so, follow the steps we described in the previous error.

    If the problem is caused by a program, we have to uninstall it. After the update, we can try to install it again.

    0xC1900208 – 0x4000C

    This code refers to an incompatible program as well. Windows will inform us on which app causes the incompatibility, so we can quickly remove it and retry.

    I accidentally restarted my computer during installation

    It can happen to anyone, especially with an unexpected power outage for desktop PCs without a UPS.

    If we restart the machine during installation, we’ll get the error code:

    How to solve

    The only thing you’ll need to do is restart the update. This time, be more careful.

    Problems finishing the installation

    On some users, the update can’t finish, and the installation program restores the previous Windows version.

    Below you’ll find the most common error messages for such a situation:

    • Error: Failure configuring Windows Updates. Reverting changes.
    • Error: We couldn’t complete the updates. Undoing changes. Don’t turn off your computer.

    How to solve

    Unfortunately, there is no perfect solution for these problems, since Windows itself doesn’t report the cause of the issue.

    If you have an old laptop, you can try to power off the device, remove the battery for a few seconds, put it back in and retry to install the update.

    For more information though, you can access your update history.

    1. Open Settings.
    2. Go to Update and Security.
    3. Click to view the update history.
    4. Locate the update that failed to install and note the error code.
    5. Search the code on Google, or leave a comment below so we can help you further.

    Black screen during installation

    Usually, a bad driver or a faulty update can be responsible for the black screen during the installation.

    How to solve

    1. First, leave your computer open for a few hours, in case the installation proceeds normally.
    2. After 2 to 6 hours, and if the black screen insists, turn off the device.
    3. Unplug all your peripherals, except for the keyboard, mouse, and monitor.
    4. Turn on the computer and check if the update completed successfully.

    If it failed, use Media Creation Tool to make a bootable USB and try again.

    Problems after the installation

    Cool, we finished the update or clean install of Fall Creators Update. We can finally use our computer as usual. Right?

    The installation may have gone smooth, or it may have had problems. However, once we finish, we have other things to worry about.

    Below you will find the most common update problems post installation and how to solve them.

    Windows activation fails

    Some users have faced an activation problem after the installation. In this case, Windows reports that the activation code is not correct or you may see this error code on Settings:

    How to solve

    There is nothing to worry about, your license is safe, and you can activate your Windows copy with the Activation Troubleshooter.

    You will find a step-by-step guide on how to do that here.

    All Valid Methods to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free

    Missing OneDrive Files On-Demand

    OneDrive has a new feature, known as Files On-Demand.

With this feature, we can access our files on the cloud from Windows Explorer, without the need to download them on our hard drive.

However, many users report that they can’t find the new feature on their OneDrive. It is now a bug though since Files On-Demand isn’t a feature of Fall Creators Update.

On the contrary, it comes with the new version of OneDrive, and it seems that Microsoft will push this new version to our machines in waves.

  1. How to solve
  2. If you want the new OneDrive here and now, you’ll have to follow the steps below:
    1. Download it from here.
    2. Open the setup and follow the instructions.
    3. Perform a restart.
    4. Open OneDrive and sign in.
    5. Right-click on OneDrive in the notification area and select Settings.
    6. Go to the Settings tab and select “Save space and download files as you use them.”

    That will turn on the Files On-Demand feature.

    Microsoft Edge issues

    Edge is not the most popular browsing program, but it’s becoming better and better with every update.

    This time though, some users are facing freezing problems with Fall Creators Update, where Edge becomes sluggish and unresponsive.

    How to solve the freezing issues

    Microsoft hasn’t acknowledged the problem yet, but you can use the built-in troubleshooter and try to repair the app.

    1. Open Settings and go to Apps > Apps & Features.
    2. Select Microsoft Edge and click on Advanced.
    3. Press the Repair button.

    If you still have the same problem, repeat the steps and choose Reset instead of Repair.

    Emoji Panel missing

    Another new feature on Fall Creators Update is the native emoji support with Windows key + “.” or “;”. Not on all of us though, since there are once again users that can’t locate the new feature.

    How to solve

    If you’re one of them, then you probably don’t have a US keyboard installed. Unfortunately, the emoji support is only for this language.

    You can always add the keyboard though:

    1. Open Settings and navigate to Time & Language.
    2. Go to Region & Language.
    3. Select Add a language.
    4. Find the US English and add it.

    You don’t need to make it your primary language. As long as you have the language selected, you will be able to use the above shortcuts.

    In case you already had English but different than the US:

    1. Click on the language and choose Options.
    2. Select to add a keyboard and choose the US.

    Annoying touch keyboard on every boot

    If you see a touch keyboard every time you boot your desktop computer, then you are probably annoyed.

    Microsoft hasn’t acknowledged the issue as a bug, but there are some workarounds.

    Solution #1

    1. Right-click on the taskbar and open the Task Manager.
    2. Click on More details.
    3. Find the Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel process and end the task.

    With these steps, it won’t open again on startup, but the problem will return if you start the touch keyboard manually.

    Solution #2

    You can always disable the touch keyboard if you never use it.

    1. Search for Services and open it.
    2. Locate the Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service and double-click on it.
    3. Click on the drop-down Startup type menu and choose Disable.
    4. Choose to stop the service and hit “Apply.”
    5. Restart your computer.

    If there’s ever an update that fixes the problem, you can revert the changes.

    Start menu issues

    It seems that the Start menu has some problems after the update. Users reported that icons and live tiles are missing, others see a weird “ms-resource” entry, while on some users the Start menu doesn’t work at all.

    How to solve

    First, try to reinstall the missing apps from the store. Alternatively, you can reinstall all the built-in Windows apps from PowerShell.

    1. Type “Powershell” on search, right-click on it and run it as administrator.
    2. Copy and paste the following:
      Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml"}
    3. Hit Enter.

    Did you face any update problems with Fall Creators Update?

    Although an update is supposed to improve our user experience with an operating system, sometimes it may create more problems than it solves.

    If you encountered any of the issues above or if you need more help installing the new Fall Creators Update, feel free to leave a comment below.

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