Microsoft releases two major updates for Windows 10 a year. There is a Fall Creators update and a Spring Creators update. When these updates come out we start to get a ton of phones calls into our office from folks that feel like the Windows 10 update broke their computer. What does that look like exactly? Well it can be a host of things from being stuck in those endless circles (if you’ve ever experienced this you know), a blue screen or death, or a host of very ominous error messages.
The thing that a lot of people don’t realize when these two updates come through these are major operating system updates. They are the equivalent of upgrading from one operating system to another, the same as going from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for example. Another thing that many people don’t realize is that you are not able to disable updates from running. They are going to eventually run whether you want them to or not. This is actually a good thing. Keeping your system updated is the best thing that you can do security wise.
Windows 10 upgrades have and can wreck some serious havoc in your technical life. We have seen start menus stop working, anti virus issues, and boot issues to name a few. The truth is that in the vast majority of cases a Windows 10 update issue could have been fairly easily avoided with a little computer maintenance.
For Windows 10 to load seamlessly onto your computer you need to be sure of the following:
- All of your software and hardware drivers for your computer need to be up to date
- All of the software that you use needs to be updated with all security patches applied
- Your computer needs to be clean as a whistle, no viruses lurking in the background
- Your hard drive needs to be healthy with no imminent issues
- All the previous “mini” Windows 10 updates need to have been applied
If any of these issues exist and your Windows 10 Spring Creators update will fail and many times fail in a big way. What should have been a simple update turns into a most costly repair of a complete Windows 10 Operating System reload.
There are a few things that you can do to try and avoid a problem in the future.
- Bring your computer into a local, reputable computer shop for a PC Tuneup twice a year. A good shop with do a thorough diagnostic, virus removal, security update check and will get any of the typical issues that cause Windows 10 Updates to fail resolved for you.
- When you know that a big Windows 10 update is coming (hint that will be every fall around September and every spring around April) get your computer checked out.
- Get on a maintenance plan with your local repair shop like Code Blue Computing. A good shop doesn’t like to see a huge repair bill for your computer anymore than you do. If you can get on a plan where they are proactively monitoring the health of your computer, security patches, viruses, etc. you don’t have to bring the computer in and Windows 10 Updates will be more likely to install without a hitch.
The Windows 10 Spring Creators Update is just a reminder to take care of our computers. They do need to be maintained periodically to perform the way they were designed to perform.