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  1. A new version of Windows 10 is upon us containing exciting new features to make users more productive and secure. The Windows 10 Spring Creators Update version 1803 builds on the Fall Creators Update launched last October. New features include: Time Line for managing apps and activities across devices; redesigned settings app, new user experiences for installing fonts, using Bluetooth, Audio and whole lot more. In this article, we look at how to upgrade from a previous version using Windows Update. Its not that different from previous versions, but users will note how much faster and stable the process is. Anyway, lets dig in.

    Step 1: Open Start > Settings > Update & security > Windows Update then click 'Check for Updates'

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    Step 2:  Windows Update will scan for a new version then begin downloading the feature update.

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    Step 3:  The download can take some time, so be patient. If you don't see any progress after an hour, try disconnecting from the Internet temporarily, then reconnect to see if it progresses. If not, restart your computer then try again.

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    Step 4: After the update is finished downloading, it will begin installing.

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    Step 5: When the installation is ready, Windows Update will notify you and ask if you would like to install now, choose a time or set a reminder.

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    If you are not ready to install yet, click 'Pick a time'. This will open the Restart options setting in Windows Update. Proceed to choose an appropriate time and day that is suitable for you.

    Check out the following article to learn more about how to use Active Hours and Restart Options to manage how and when updates are installed:

     

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    Step 6: When you are finally ready to install the feature update the update will begin automatically or you can open Start > Settings > Update & security > Windows Update then click Restart now:

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    After the restart, this will be your screen for a while:

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    When complete, you can sign into your account and check Windows Update. Thats it, you don't even see the old installing apps screen anymore.

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    Backup Before Upgrading

    Please be advised some devices might experience issues upgrading to Windows 10 1803. Here are a list of things you can do to ensure your upgrade is successful or you can return to your previous version.

    • Make sure you backup before attempting to upgrade:

    https://www.groovypost.com/howto/create-windows-10-system-image-best-free-alternatives/

    • How to block it if you don't want to upgrade:

    https://www.groovypost.com/howto/block-windows-10-feature-update-why/

    • What is the make and model of your computer? Have you checked the manufacturers website to determine compatibility?

    Check this List to Determine if Your Computer is Compatible with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update 1803
     

    •    Perform the following tasks:

        12 Things You Should Do Before Installing Windows 10 Creators Update (Version 1803)
        

    Let us know in the comment how your upgrade goes.

     

  2. Recently I got a new Docking Station from Dell (Thunderbolt Dock TB16) to use with my Razer Blade 14 Laptop. Up until now, I had just one monitor, so I didn't need a docking station. That is until I got a 2nd monitor.

    Razer, as you know, is far from being a "standard" laptop. However, its Thunderbolt port follows all the standards (assumption), so my hope was the Dell TB16 would just work. And it did... for Video and Network. USB, however, was dead on the Docking station. None of my USB devices would work when plugging into the TB16 - Webcam, USB Mouse, Headset, etc..  Plugging directly into my laptop, however, everything worked just great.

    Scanning the internet, it appears this is a fairly common issue with the TB16 Docking Station. Fortunately for me, I was able to fix the problem very quickly by grabbing a single driver, off of the Dell support site.

    http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/product-support/product/dell-thunderbolt-dock-tb16/drivers?os=wt64a

    The update you want to grab is the September 12th, 2017 (or later) ASMedia USB Extended Host Controller Driver.

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    Here's the description of the download from its details page:

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    This package provides the driver for the ASMedia USB3 Host Controller and is supported on XPS Notebook, Dell S&P, Latitude, Precision and Tablet running Windows 7/Windows 8.1/Windows 10.

    Once I installed the ASMedia Controller, poof - All USB ports on my dock were working flawlessly! I also noticed the following app in the Icon Tray also after the install.

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    And here it is listed as installed on my Windows 10 settings under Apps & Features. 

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    To be clear, your mileage may vary on this fix. I'm going to guess however that if it worked on my edge-case Razer, it will probably work on your system also.

    Article Update: 

    I got a great question below from Randy in the comments. His question was "What how were my monitors connected to my Docking station?" So - here's my setup:

    Great question Randy. My setup looks like this:

    1. TB16 Docking Station - Mini Display Port OUT to Monitor 1 DisplayPort IN  - Yes, I have a Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable.
    2. Monitor 1 - DisplayPort OUT to Monitor 2 DisplayPort IN - Yes, my monitors are daisy-changed together.

    My setup works just great since I have monitors with DisplayPort In/Out. Not something most Monitors support, however, shouldn't be an issue since the Dell TB16 Dock supports HDMI, DisplayPort, and Mini-DisplayPort.

     

     

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