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How to Fix Feature update to Windows 10 version 1803 Failed to Install

Microsoft has releases feature update to Windows 10 version 1803 to end users. The new free Windows 10 April 2018 Update(also known as Spring Creators Update) is now available for download as ‘Feature update to Windows 10, version 1803’. Unfortunately, some users are experiencing issues where feature update to Windows 10 version 1803 failed to install. Apart from this, the update also stuck for some users.

We’ve collected few fixes and workarounds for these issues. Check out more details below. For blue screen errors, you can check your Windows Stop Code or stop error codes here.

Fix Windows 10 version 1803 Download Issues

If your update fails to download, try below-posted tricks.

  • Stop antivirus and VPN/Proxy software before the update.
  • If updates are failing repeatedly, turn off ‘Metered Connection‘ in your network connection settings. Restart your system and try again.

Metered-connections-windows-10

  • The new Windows 10 version 1803 update is big in size (2GB-4GB). If your internet connection is slow, it may take hours to download. WiFi connection is recommended.
  • Most noteworthy, the update may appear stuck at some point. However, the download service keeps working in the background. So, be patient.
  • If the update fails and it shows random Windows update error code, try recently released ‘Fix Windows Update errors‘ tool by Microsoft to fix this problem. For more details read here.
  • Type ‘Troubleshooting’ in the search. Now select View All in left side panel. Select‘Windows Update’ at the end of the open window. Run the troubleshooting. Restart your and try to update again.

Fix feature update to Windows 10 version 1803 stuck at 0% or 95% issue:

There may be some other reasons resulting in feature update to Windows 10, version 1803 stuck during downloading or fails to install. It might be that something went wrong with the file itself. Clearing the folder where all of the update files are stored will force Windows Update to download afresh.

Clearing the folder where all of the update files are stored will force Windows Update to download afresh.

Go toC:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Downloadand delete everything within the folder, but do not delete the folder itself. To do so, press CTRL + A to select everything and then press Delete to remove the files. Restart and download updates again.

updates-download-folder



Delivery Optimization service fix:

Try the following workaround, if Windows 10 version 1803 download still stuck midway for a longer time.

  1. Click Start
  2. Type Services
  3. Open Services panel
  4. Scroll down to Delivery Optimization
  5. Right-click it, select Properties
  6. Change startup type to Manual
  7. Reboot PC
  8. Scan for updates (and see if the download progresses)
  9. Go back in afterward and change the startup to “Automatic (Delayed Start)“If Windows 10 update hangs on “


Stop Windows Update service:

You can repeat this process with the Delivery Optimization service. If stopping the Windows Update service doesn’t bypass the issue on the first attempt, please re-try and stop this additional service. If feature update to Windows 10, version 1803 hangs on “Initializing…“, try the following workaround.

  1. Click the Start button
  2. Type services and launch the Services panel
  3. Scroll to Windows Update
  4. Right-click and select Stop
  5. Restart your PC
  6. Re-check for updates
  7. The update should proceed as expected

Fix blue screen error after installing Windows 10 April 2018 Update 

Many times users report that after the installation of a cumulative update, Windows 10 start showing blue screen (BSOD) error or start reboot loop.

  • If the new feature update to Windows 10 version 1803 freezes and crashes after the installation, read here for fixes.
  • Check Windows Stop Code or stop error after blue screen(BSOD) from here.

DISM commands to check Windows 10 1803 Issues

You can use the official DISM command to repair the Windows image to fix any issue with your Windows 10 installations. Before you begin, it’s recommended to do a full backup or create a system restore point in case things go wrong.

Using DISM with the CheckHealth option

Use the DISM command with the CheckHealth to verify whether any corruption has been detected. To run the command do the following:

  1. Use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Type the following command and press Enter:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

Using DISM with the ScanHealth option

Use the DISM command with the ScanHealth to scan the Windows image for any corruption. Unlike the CheckHealth, the ScanHealth switch can take up to 10 minutes to complete the process. To run the command do the following:

  1. Use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Type the following command and press Enter:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

Using DISM with the RestoreHearlh option

The RestoreHealth command will scan the Windows image for any corruption and perform a repair automatically. The RestoreHealth switch can take up to 20 minutes to complete the process. To run the command do the following:

  1. Use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Type the following command and press Enter:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Note: While the running DISM using the RestoreHealth or ScanHealth, you will notice the process will seem stuck at 20% or 40%, but it’s normal behavior. After a few minutes, the operation will finish as expected.


Disable Windows 10 version 1803 Updates and Drivers

Disable Or Block Windows 10 Drivers Updates

The new feature update to Windows 10 version 1803 is a big update and the download may take some time.

Furthermore, if you have limited data package, you should delay this update.

Microsoft has provided a separate tool to disable updates or even drivers. You will find more details and download link here.

Fresh Install Windows 10 April 2018 Update

If you want to install a fresh copy of Windows 10 April 2018 Update instead of updating your system. Now you can download Windows 10 version 1803 ISO image file from the link below.

Download Windows 10 version 1803 ISO

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How to Fix Windows 10 version 1803 Freeze and Crash Issues

Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) is now available for download. The new version of Windows 10 comes with new features and improvements. However, some unlucky users are facing issues where feature update to Windows 10 version 1803 freezes or random crashes with a blue screen error. We’ve collected few fixes for these update issues. Check out full details below.

Fix feature update to Windows 10 version 1803 Freeze and crash

According to a Microsoft, some freezing issues are causing by Google Chrome and other apps, including Cortana digital assistant, which comes built into Windows 10. The new Windows 10 April 2018 Update could hang or freeze at random times. Check out two workarounds that could help recover the system.

Workaround 1
  • Laptop users can close and open the lid to get their device in working condition – this basically pushes the system to sleep and then wakes it up straight to Windows 10.
Workaround 2

Try a Windows key sequence to wake the screen, simultaneously press the Windows logo key + Ctrl + Shift + B. A tablet user can simultaneously press both the volume-up and volume-down buttons, three times within 2 seconds.  If Windows is responsive, a short beep will sound and the screen will blink or dim while Windows attempts to refresh the screen.

Run winsock reset command

Many users have reported that Windows 10 April 2018 Update freeze because of internet connection problems. If you’ve experienced similar problems on your computer, you should try the following:

Windows-10-cmd-netsh-winsock-reset

  • Press Windows Key + X and choose Command Prompt(Admin) from the menu.
  • Enter the following command and press Enter to run it:
    netsh winsock reset
  • Close Command Prompt and restart your computer.

Remove problematic software

Some software’s create problems with Windows 10. Like Speccy, Acronis True Image, Privatefirewall, McAfee, and Office Hub App can freeze your system. Uninstall these programs. Even I faced bluescreen reboot loop issue with a very small font software.

Disconnect all USB devices

Sometimes connected devices create freezing issues or blue screen issues with Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Disconnect any connected USB device before you turn on your system. When Windows 10 boots, you can connect your USB devices again.

Download latest chipset drivers

Update chipset drivers on your computer. Sometimes old USB 3.0 drivers can create issues with Windows 10. If possible update your USB 3.0 drivers also.

Update network drivers

Bad and old network drivers can also freeze Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Visit your network adapter manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers. Also, update your Wifi card drivers. And if possible switch to a wired connection.

Turn off Link State Power Management

  • Press Windows Key + S and type Power Options. Select Power Options from the menu.
  • Find your plan and click Change plan settings.
  • Click on Change advanced power settings.
  • Now you need to find PCI section and expand it. You should see Link State Power

pci-express-link-state-power-managment

  • Management option. Change the Setting to Off.
  • Click Apply and OK to save changes.

Turn Off Location Services

For some users, disabling Location Services can also fix these errors. If you have desktop or laptop without GPS device, disable location service. One service is better. To disable Location Service Go to Settings> Privacy> Location and turn that off.

Disable your dedicated graphic card

This is one of the main reason for Windows 10 April 2018 Update freeze or crash. If you are facing blue screen error disable your display drivers. Run your computer without a graphics driver to see if an error occurs again or not. Download the latest driver or last official driver for your graphics card. Avoid beta drivers and also do not download from Windows update. To disable your dedicated graphics card, do the following:

Windows 10 Device Manager

  • Press Windows Key + X and select Device Manager.
  • locate your dedicated graphics card in Device Manager and right click it.
  • Choose Disable from the menu.
  • Check for latest driver updates for the graphics card.

Disable AMD Cool’n’Quiet and Fast Boot in BIOS

Certain BIOS setting such as AMD Cool’n’Quiet or Fast Boot can also freeze your computer. Disable these features from BIOS and check if the issue is resolved. After you’ve disabled these settings, save changes and restart your computer.

Update your BIOS

Update your systems BIOS drivers. Old BIOS drivers can also create blue screen errors. Visit your motherboard manufacturer’s website and download the latest BIOS update. Please avoid this option if you do not know what BIOS update is. It can permanently damage your motherboard.

Flash your SSD

Flash your SSD firmware to newer one can also fix freezing and BSOD issues. You have to be careful while flashing your SSD firmware.

If you are facing issues while downloading or installing feature update to Windows 10 version 1803, check out below link to fix these issues.

How to fix feature update to Windows 10 version 1803 download stuck issue

Also, now you can download Windows 10 April 2018 Update ISO files from the link below.

Download Windows 10 April 2018 Update ISO

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Fix Windows 10 update 1709 stuck at 99% or Failed to Install Issues

Windows 10 version 1709 (Fall Creators Update) is now available to everyone. Users can now see a new ‘feature update to Windows 10, version 1709’ in their updates. This is a major update for Windows 10 devices since Creators Update (version 1703). The new update brings many new features and improvements to the OS. However, some users are now reporting that Windows 10 update 1709 stuck at 0% or at 99% or show failed to install message. We’ve collected few fixes for these update issues. Read below for more details.

Fix Windows 10 version 1709 update download issue

If your update fails to download, try below-posted tricks.

  • Stop antivirus and VPN/Proxy software before the update.
  • If updates are failing repeatedly, turn off ‘Metered Connection‘ in your network connection settings. Restart your system and try again.

Metered-connections-windows-10

  • The new Windows 10 version 1709 update is big in size around 2.5GB. If your internet connection is slow, it may take hours to download. WiFi connection is recommended.
  • Most noteworthy, the update may appear stuck at some point. However, the download service keeps working in the background. So, be patient.
  • If the update fails and it shows random Windows update error code, try recently released ‘Fix Windows Update errors‘ tool by Microsoft to fix this problem. For more details read here.
  • Type ‘Troubleshooting’ in the search. Now select View All in left side panel. Select‘Windows Update’ at the end of the open window. Run the troubleshooting. Restart your and try to update again.


Fix Windows 10 update version 1709 download stuck at 0% or 99% issue:

There may be some other reasons resulting in Windows 10 Creators Update stuck during downloading or fails to install. It might be that something went wrong with the file itself. Clearing the folder where all of the update files are stored will force Windows Update to download afresh.

Clearing the folder where all of the update files are stored will force Windows Update to download afresh.

Go toC:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Downloadand delete everything within the folder, but do not delete the folder itself. To do so, press CTRL + A to select everything and then press Delete to remove the files. Restart and download updates again.

updates-download-folder



Delivery Optimization service fix:

Try the following workaround, if Windows 10 version 1709 download still stuck midway for a longer time.

  1. Click Start
  2. Type Services
  3. Open Services panel
  4. Scroll down to Delivery Optimization
  5. Right-click it, select Properties
  6. Change startup type to Manual
  7. Reboot PC
  8. Scan for updates (and see if the download progresses)
  9. Go back in afterward and change the startup to “Automatic (Delayed Start)“If Windows 10 update hangs on “


Stop Windows Update service:

You can repeat this process with the Delivery Optimization service. If stopping the Windows Update service doesn’t bypass the issue on the first attempt, please re-try and stop this additional service. If Windows 10 version 1709 update hangs on “Initializing…“, try the following workaround.

  1. Click the Start button
  2. Type services and launch the Services panel
  3. Scroll to Windows Update
  4. Right-click and select Stop
  5. Restart your PC
  6. Re-check for updates
  7. The update should proceed as expected


Windows Update Reset Script:

This script will completely reset the Windows Update settings. It will configure the services and registry keys related to Windows Update for default settings. Finally, the script will clean up files related to old Windows Updates. Your Windows 10 update 1709 will no longer stuck at 0% or 99%.

Download Windows Update Reset Script from Microsoft here.


Fix blue screen error issue with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update 

Many times users report that after the installation of a cumulative update, Windows 10 start showing blue screen (BSOD) error or start reboot loop. You can check out below links to fix these error or even check what is causing this errors.

  • If you are facing Windows 10 Creators Update blue screen error after update, read here for fixes.
  • Check Windows Stop Code or stop error after blue screen(BSOD) from here.

DISM commands to check Windows 10 Issues

If Windows 10 update 1709 still stuck at 0 or 99%, you can use the official DISM command to repair the Windows image to fix any issue with your Windows 10 installations. Before you begin, it’s recommended to do a full backup or create a system restore point in case things go wrong.

Using DISM with the CheckHealth option

Use the DISM command with the CheckHealth to verify whether any corruption has been detected. To run the command do the following:

  1. Use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Type the following command and press Enter:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

Using DISM with the ScanHealth option

Use the DISM command with the ScanHealth to scan the Windows image for any corruption. Unlike the CheckHealth, the ScanHealth switch can take up to 10 minutes to complete the process. To run the command do the following:

  1. Use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Type the following command and press Enter:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

Using DISM with the RestoreHearlh option

The RestoreHealth command will scan the Windows image for any corruption and perform a repair automatically. The RestoreHealth switch can take up to 20 minutes to complete the process. To run the command do the following:

  1. Use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Type the following command and press Enter:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Note: While the running DISM using the RestoreHealth or ScanHealth, you will notice the process will seem stuck at 20% or 40%, but it’s normal behavior. After a few minutes, the operation will finish as expected.


Disable Windows 10 version 1709 Updates and Drivers

Disable Or Block Windows 10 Drivers Updates

Windows 10 version 1709 update is big and the download may take some time. Furthermore, if you have limited data package, you should avoid this update.

Finally, Microsoft has provided a separate tool to disable updates or even drivers. You will find more details and download link here.

Download Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ISO files manually and upgrades your system.

Let us know if above-posted tricks fix Windows 10 update 1709 stuck at 0% or at 99% or failed to install issues.

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Create Windows 10 version 1709 bootable USB Stick with Rufus

Rufus software is a free portable utility which helps you create Windows 10 version 1709 (Fall Creators Update) bootable USB Stick or DVDs. Also, it does not require an installation.

This guide will help you create Windows 10 version 1709 bootable DVD or USB Pen Drive. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ISO and Rufus software download link are added at the end of the article. To prepare the Windows 10 bootable USB drive, follow steps mention below.

Step 1Rufus is a free tool portable utility to create bootable drives. Also, it doesn’t require an installation.

Step 2: Connect your 4GB+ USB drive to your PC.

Step 3: Run Rufus utility and click Yes button when you see the UAC prompt to launch the tool.

Windows 10 Bootable USB

Step 4: Under the Device section, select your USB drive that you want to make bootable, select MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI computers, or GPT partition scheme for UEFI computer depending the type of partition type on your PC.

To know your motherboard type follow below steps

  1. Press Win + R and type msinfo32 and press Enter.
  2. Look for the BIOS Mode entry.

If the value listed is Legacy, then the Boot Environment is BIOS, otherwise, its UEFI.

Step 5: Next, select the File system as FAT32 or NTFS.

Step 6: Enter a volume label, click on the CD/DVD drive icon to browse to the Windows 10 version 1709 ISO image file. Select the file.

Windows 10 Fall Creators update ISO
Windows 10 Fall Creators update ISO

Step 7: Finally, click Start button, click the OK button when you see the warning dialog to continue its job.

Windows 10 version 1709 ISO
Windows 10 version 1709 ISO

Once Rufus completes its job, you’ll see “Done” message. Your Windows 10 version 1709 bootable USB drive is now ready.

Download Rufus

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How to Install Windows 10 Creators Update version 1703 with USB drive

This guide will help you perform clean install Windows 10 Creators Update version 1703. First of all, download Windows 10 1703 ISO file and create a bootable installation media using either a DVD or a flash drive. Now let’s start with Windows 10 new installation with USB Stick.

How to Install Windows 10 Creators Update version 1703

Step 1Create Windows 10 Creators Update bootable USB Drive/DVD. Check out in our guide here.

Windows 10 Bootable USB
Creating Windows 10 Creators Update bootable media

Step 2Enable ‘First Boot Device‘ in the motherboard to USB Stick/DVD. Now reboot with Windows 1607 USB Drive.

Step 3Select ‘Install Now’” once the Windows installer starts.

Step 4Next, you’ll see the activation screen. If you have Windows 10 CD key enter here or else click ‘I don’t have a product key.’ Windows installation will continue. You can enter CD Key after installation.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update CD Key Option
Windows 10 Creators Update CD Key Option

Step 5On ‘Which type of installation do you want?’ screen. Select the ‘Custom’” option to ensure you’re performing a clean install and not an upgrade installation.

Step 6Select Drive to Install Windows 10, then click next. Now windows will start installing. Windows 10 will reboot few times, do not press any key while rebooting.

Windows 10 new installation
Windows 10 Creators Update Installation drive selection

Step 7 After reboot you will see a new setup screen(Welcome). Cortana will guide you through the process.

Cortana on Creators Update Setup screen
Windows 10 Creators Update setup screen

Step 8 Select your country and click next.

Select region setup screen
Select region setup screen

Step 9 At next screen you are prompted to explain “How would you like to set up?” – Select “Set up for personal use.” Click Next.

Step 10In this step you need to create a Windows 10 account at “Sign in with Microsoft” setup screen. Supply your Microsoft (Hotmail or Outlook) email address, or a phone number or Skype name that is associated with that account.

However, if you want to use a local account without email id, click “offline account.” You can now enter your password, and you’ll also be prompted to setup a PIN if you want.

Step 11Now you can click yes or no to free 5GB OneDrive cloud storage.

Step 12 At next screen, you are prompted to use Cortana. Click “Yes” if you want to use Cortana as your virtual assistant or else select “No”.

Enable Cortana for Windows 10
Enable Cortana for Windows 10

Step 13 Here select the Privacy setting for Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft is now providing users with a set of privacy choices to mull over during Setup.

Windows 10 Creators Update privacy settings
Windows 10 Creators Update privacy settings
  • Location – Apps like Weather and Maps need your location data to work properly. If you disable this, those apps can prompt you as needed for this access.
  • Speech recognition – Cortana and some Store apps can use your microphone to enable speech recognition functionality.
  • Diagnostics [Turn it Off] – The company uses anonymous telemetry data to improve the reliability of Windows 10 and its own services.
  • Tailored experiences with diagnostic data [Turn it OFF] – Microsoft provides a number of in-box suggestions and recommendations for apps and services that are based on an anonymous analysis of your usage.
  • Relevant ads [Turn it Off] – Certain Windows 10 apps and services display ads, and while you can’t turn that off, you can determine whether those ads will be more relevant and interesting based on your app usage.

Step 14 Now will see message “We need to get a few more things polished up for you and Windows will be all yours. Looking forward to helping you out!”, and the setup will complete within few minutes.

You’re now finally presented with your new Windows 10 Creators Update Version 1703 desktop.

Windows 10 version 1703 desktop
Windows 10 version 1703 desktop

After installation of Windows 10 Creators Update version 1703, you can check on your apps and update them if necessary as well as to plug in your peripherals, check that all your hardware works and update the drivers if necessary. If you like to install your system drivers manually, disable Windows update. Read more here.

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How to make Taskbar more Transparent in Windows 10

The Windows 10 taskbar offers shortcuts and icons for every running app. There are lots of ways to customize the taskbar to your liking. However, today, we’ll share a trick to make Windows 10 taskbar more transparent.

How to make Taskbar more Transparent in Windows 10

  1. First of all, make sure you have enabled the Transparency effects option in the Settings> Personalization> Colors.Windows 10 transparent effect
  2. Now press Windows Logo Key + R, now type ‘Regedit‘. This will Launch the Windows Registry editor.
  3. In Windows 10 Registry editor go to – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE> SOFTWARE> Microsoft> Windows> CurrentVersion> Explorer> Advanced
  4. Right click Advanced and click Create a new DWORD(32bit).
  5. Name it UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency and assigned to the value 1.Regedit-taskbar
  6. Reboot the system.

Now you will see Windows 10 taskbar even more transparent. To revert back, simply delete the key previously you have created.

This trick also works on Windows 10 Creators Update.

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Create Windows 10 Creators Update bootable USB Stick with Rufus Software

Rufus software is a free portable utility which helps you create Free Windows 10 bootable USB Stick or DVDs. Also, it does not require an installation.

This guide will help you create Windows 10 bootable DVD or USB Pen Drive. Windows 10 Creators Update ISO and Rufus software download link are added at the end of the article. To prepare the Windows 10 bootable USB drive, follow steps mention below.

Step 1: Rufus is a free tool portable utility to create bootable drives. Also, it doesn’t require an installation.

Step 2: Connect your 4GB+ USB drive to your PC.

Step 3: Run Rufus utility and click Yes button when you see the UAC prompt to launch the tool.

Windows 10 Bootable USB

Step 4: Under the Device section, select your USB drive that you want to make bootable, select MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI computers, or GPT partition scheme for UEFI computer depending the type of partition type on your PC.

To know your motherboard type follow below steps

  1. Press Win + R and type msinfo32 and press Enter.
  2. Look for the BIOS Mode entry.

If the value listed is Legacy, then the Boot Environment is BIOS, otherwise, its UEFI.

Step 5: Next, select the File system as FAT32 or NTFS.

Step 6: Enter a volume label, click on the CD/DVD drive icon to browse to the Windows 10  ISO image file. Select the file.

Step 7: Finally, click Start button, click the OK button when you see the warning dialog to continue its job.

Once Rufus completes its job, you’ll see “Done” message. Your Windows 10 bootable USB drive is now ready.

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How to Convert Windows 10 Creators Update ESD to ISO files

Microsoft’s Electronic Software Download application use ESD file (.esd) to deliver upgrades to the Windows operating system. It’s different from ISO files and you cannot use it directly to install Windows. However, you can convert it to the ISO image.

ESD files are reliable and fastest way to create Windows 10 ISO files. Just download ESD file with IDM or any other download manager and convert it to ISO image in 5mins. Check out more details below.

How to Convert Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ESD to ISO files:

  1. Download decrypter from here (3MB)
  2. Extract decrypt-multi-release.7z(use WinRAR).
  3. Now download official Windows 10 Creators Update ESD file from here.
  4. Paste downloaded ESD file in ‘decrypt-multi-release’ folder.Windows 10 ESD to ISO files
  5. Now double-click decrypt-ESD.cmd and wait.Windows 10 ESD to ISO files
  6. New command line blue screen will pop-up, just wait and enter 1.Windows 10 ESD to ISO
  7. It will take 5-6min to convert Windows 10 ESD to ISO file.
  8. Go back to decrypt-multi-release’ folder and you will find new ISO file. You can create bootable USB drive with this new Windows 10 ISO file. Read how to create bootable USB drive with ISO files.

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How to Download Windows 10 Creators Update for free with direct link

Microsoft Windows 10 Creators Update is now available for Insiders. The company will roll out the update to end users in April. The new update will gradually release to every user within in a month or two.

If you do not want to wait for that long and want to get your hands-on the upcoming features before everyone else, you can download the Creators Update now. Check out more details below.

HOW TO DOWNLOAD WINDOWS 10 CREATORS UPDATE

Currently, there are two ways to download the update, either from the Windows Insider program or by clean installing using an ISO.

If you want to clean install Windows 10 Creators Update, ISO is probably the better choice. However, if you want to upgrade your PC and want to keep your current settings, the Insider program would be the ideal choice. You’ll first need to sign up to become a Windows Insider.

Additionally, there is also a third option called Windows 10 Update Assistant, which will only work after the official release of Creators Update.

Download Microsoft’s Update Assistant

Get Windows 10 Creators Update with Insider Program

Once you join the Insider program, it will take up to 24 hours for you to get the new update. Follow steps below to join Insider Program.

  • Now open the Settings app (Win + I). Click on the “Update & Security” section.
  • Click on the “Windows Insider Program” option from the sidebar.
  • Now click the Get Started button. A warning message will popup, click next.
  • Restart your PC to get the Windows 10 Creators Update build.
  • After computer restarts, open Settings app (Win + I). Click on the “Update & Security” section and select the Windows Insider program from the sidebar.
  • Now you will see a new option here “Choose your Insider level.” You will see a dropdown with three different options: Fast, Slow, and Release Preview. Select Fast to get the latest Windows 10 Creators Update build.windows 10 insider fast ring
  • After selecting the Fast ring, you will have to wait at least 24 hours to get the new update. Windows will download Creators Update automatically. You will get the notification once the update is ready to install.

Download and Install Windows 10 Creators Update with an ISO

If you want to clean install or upgrade your PC, download the ISO files. The Official ISO images for Windows 10 Pro, Home, Enterprise, Education, Home China and Home Single Language SKUs are now available for download.

Download Windows 10 Creators Update ISO

Once you download the ISO files, create a bootable USB/DVD drive and upgrade or clean install the new update. Read how to create and install with bootable USB stick.

What’s new in Windows 10 Creators Update

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How to Download and Install Android O Developer Preview 1 builds

Today, Google has announced Android O, its new mobile OS for Android devices. However, the new Android O is right now only available for developers. The current release is not stable enough to be used by consumers.

Google will release the stable version of Android O to the Beta Program in the coming weeks. There should be four developer previews hitting the shelves throughout the year in March, May, June, and August, with the official build launching sometime in Q3.

This Android O preview comes in the form of a flashable .zip file that you’re going to have to install yourself.

Download Android O Developer Preview 1 builds

How to install the Android O Developer Preview:

What will you need before you get started?

  • The Android SDK installed on your machine with ADB and Fastboot command successfully working. Here’s a tutorial on how to do that.
  • Download factory image for your device. Go to this website to download them and make sure you get the right one for your device.
  • You will also need to unlock your bootloader. Beware, this will erase your data.

Unlocking your bootloader

You’ll need to unlock the bootloader before manually installing Android O. Remember, this process will reset your phone and you will lose all personal data.

  1. Go to “About Phone” and tap seven times on “Build Number”.
  2. From there, enable USB debugging and OEM unlock on your Nexus/Pixel device. These can be found in “developer options” section.
  3. Go ahead and plug in your device to your PC via USB cable now.
  4. Open a command window on the PC.
  5. Boot your Pixel device into bootloader mode using the following command: adb reboot bootloader (if it requests you to authorize this, say yes).
  6. Your device will boot into bootloader mode. From here type the command: fastboot flashing unlock.
  7. For the Pixel family, you’ll get a confirmation screen. Press Volume Up to highlight yes, and power to select it. This will begin bootloader unlocking process.
  8. Once unlocked, your device will reboot into bootloader mode. Now you simply need to type fastboot reboot.
  9. During this reboot, your device will go through a factory reset. Done.

How to manually install Android O

  1. If you aren’t in the bootloader menu still, you’ll need to go back in. From here, you’ll want to test that your device and PC are communicating by typing fastboot devices — if it comes back with your device’s serial number, you’re golden.
  2. On your computer, use 7zip to extract the .tgz file you downloaded earlier. Use 7zip a second time to extract the .tar file you extracted from the .tgz. When you’re done, you should have a folder with several files in it.
  3. Copy all of these files and paste them in the platform-tools folder in the Android SDK on your computer. If you followed the above tutorial, this should be the C drive, then under Program Files (x86) on Windows. Linux users, you know where you put it.
  4. There are two flash-all files. If you’re in Windows, you’ll want to double-click the one that has the gear logo and says “Windows Batch File” on the right. If you’re on Linux, you’ll want to double-click the flash-all.sh.
  5. At this point, a box should pop up and you should see the installation taking place. Do not unplug your device for any reason.
  6. Your device will automatically reboot and you should see the Android O boot animation start up. You can now safely disconnect your device from your computer.

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