The Microsoft “Fall Update” – 1709 – trashed my laptop completely and I had to do a complete Windows reinstall and lose all my programmes. It is only recently that I have finally got it back to something like its old set up.
Last Sunday my laptop announced that Windows 10 “Feature Update version 1803” was ready for download.
I really should know better by now, but in a triumph of hope over experience I told it to go ahead. To my surprise, somewhat hesitantly and slowly, it did so in typical Microsoft fashion, though in fairness I have to say that once the actual 0’s and 1’s began coming down the wires, it got itself along quite speedily.
But as usual it all ended in tears when the download got to 99% complete. There it was, and there it stuck.
So, I set about asking the web what to do next. Finding a Microsoft solution I tried it, but it simply didn’t work on my laptop. The next best idea was to go into the Windows folder, find Software Downloads and to delete the contents of the folder, but not the folder itself. This I was able to do except for one file which could not be deleted because it was “in use by another programme” – but which one ?
A day later I fired up and went straight to the Software Folder and the recalcitrant file deleted easily. In triumph I went into Settings and Update and began the 1803 download all over again. It started OK but then all went pear shaped with the legend ” Feature update to Windows 10, version 1803 – Error 0x80070002″. So, back I went to ask the web what that all meant. Lots and lots of explanations (just as there were for stuck downloads) but all very complex and techy. So, with the wisdom of age (a bit late in the day) I decided to wait and see.
And Lo ! Today the error message had disappeared and I was informed that the 1803 download was complete (when did that take place I ask ?) and I could go ahead and install. So that is where we are at now. Sitting for a long time on 8%, it has now crept up to 11% so it might be finished by the time the next Microsoft disaster is released.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my other laptop running on Linux Mint Cinnamon updates it self quickly and easily most days, and I am using it now to make this post while Windows 10 is scratching itself in the corner.
Update to the update . . .