2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 9, 2018 1:56 AM by pokester

    How to Fix Problems Caused by Windows Updates

    kingfish

      This is a really good explanation/trouble-shooting article and guide that is aimed at the average computer user. No geek speak. And it uses current systems and versions with up to date troubleshooting steps and/or tools.

       

      From the article:

      " Windows Update exists to keep Windows and other Microsoft software updated, usually with little intervention from us. This includes security updates that are pushed out on Patch Tuesday.

      Unfortunately, sometimes one or more of those patches will cause a problem, ranging from serious ones like error messages preventing Windows from starting, to less serious ones like video or audio problems.

      If you're confident that the problem you're experiencing began only after one or more Windows updates, whether manual, automatic, on Patch Tuesday, or otherwise, continue reading for help on what to do next.

      This might also be a good time to look over our Windows Updates & Patch Tuesday FAQ page if you haven't already.

      Note: Any of Microsoft's operating systems could experience problems after Windows updates are installed, including Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server versions."

       

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      How to Fix Problems Caused by Windows Updates

        • Re: How to Fix Problems Caused by Windows Updates
          black_zion

          There is a whacking great caveat with Windows 10: if you used the media creation tool to create your installation media, you cannot use DISM nor the Recovery Drive option, as none of the required files are included in that package. What you must do, and this is completely legit, is to go to the Windows 10 download page on Microsoft's site, which will look like the following since you're on a Windows PC

           

           

          But then open Developer Tools (F12) and change the user agent string to something not Windows, such as Apple Safari, which will allow you to then download the full proper ISO.

           

           

          It will require a clean installation of Windows 10, but if your computer is very borked and you did something dumb like disable System Restore, there's not much loss. This is also not a bad thing to do if you have a perfectly healthy computer and are moving to the newer creator's update. Most games these days are purchased through digital services so only a small repair will be needed through the Steam, UPlay, or GoG client, and if you're smart like me you use Ketarin to keep up to date installers of programs you use, so aside from personalizations you can get back to normal in a few hours, faster if you use a Microsoft account.

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