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How to Ensure a Smooth Upgrade to Windows 10 Anniversary Update

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is fast approaching. To ensure users experience a smooth upgrade, here are some things you can do.

  • Disable your Antivirus utility temporarily before attempting the upgrade. Click the respective link for the Antivirus utility you are running. Please remember to re-enable your Antivirus after successfully upgrade.

- Norton - right click Norton in the Notification Area then click Disable Antivirus
- McAfee
- Kaspersky
- Avast
- Trend Micro
- Bitdefender
- Webroot Secure Anywhere
- F-Secure
- Panda
- Comodo

  • Make sure your machine name is simple no periods or hyphens or dashes. Avoid using names such as "System" or Account or Administrator for your Machine.

How to Rename Your Windows 10 Computer - groovyPost

  • Restart a few times then try again.

Click Start > Power Options > Restart

  • Disable General USB Devices (example - Smart Card Reader). 

Press Windows key + X > click Device Manager > expand Memory technology devices. Right click SD Controllers, then click uninstall. If there is more than one, right click each, then click Uninstall.

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Learn how to do it in Windows 10: How to Disable Startup Programs in Windows 10 - groovyPost

  • If you are using a SCSI hard disk, make sure you have drivers available for your storage device on a thumb drive and it is connected. During Windows 10 setup, click the Custom Advanced Option and use the Load Driver command to load the appropriate driver for the SCSI drive. If this does not work and setup still fails, consider switching to a IDE based hard disk.


  • If you are upgrading using the .ISO file, disconnect from the Internet during setup, if you are connected by LAN (Ethernet) or Wi-Fi, disable both then attempt setup again. 

There are multiple ways to do this, you can disconnect the Ethernet cable if you are connected to a wireless network. If you are connected to a wireless network, you can manually disable Wi-Fi by turning off the Wireless switch on your laptop.


Another way that is even easier, is to open Action Center - press Windows key + A then click Airplane Mode. This will disable all network technologies. Proceed with the upgrade.

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  • If you are updating through Windows Update, when the download reaches 100% disconnect from the Internet LAN (Ethernet) or Wi-Fi then proceed with the installation.

See previous steps.

  • If that does not work, try using the .ISO file to upgrade if possible.

How To Download Windows 10 ISO for a Clean Install ... - groovyPost

then mount the ISO and start the upgrade: How to Mount and Burn ISO Images in Windows 10 - groovyPost

  • If you are connected to a domain, switch to a local account.

See section of the following article Leave a Domain: How to Join a Windows 10 PC to a Domain - groovyPost

  • If you have any external devices attached to the machine, disconnect them (example, gaming controllers, USB keys, external hard disk, printers, non-essential devices).


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Thanks @Rich-M for your post. I tried the "learn more" and it looked like it was going to work, but when it got to the configuring part it failed and went back to the original W10 update!  I haven't tried it again. I think @adacosta has a blog about it and MS has fixed the bug!  I remember seeing a message to try again latter, but I never tried it again!;) I'll probably use the MCT flash. I'm thinking it's probably the best way!


PS I hope you are recovering from your surgery!


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Doing pretty well Gary I may even do a few service calls next week.

Usually when an SP fails to install it is because there are Windows Updates missing preventing it from working. Have you tried searching for

"Windows Updates" or going to Pc Settings and choose "Updates and Recovery" and you can check for updates right there as well.

I would bet that is why you can't do the Service Pack (Anniversary Update).

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The accelerated use of contactless technologies and the convergence of multiple applications demand secure, proven and stable technologies which also have the flexibility to benefit from future technology and application trends. Further, upcoming challenges and changes in consumer's needs can make it necessary to upgrade existing systems to ensure convenience and security, for both customers and system operators.

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Guest Windows 10 Anniversary Update 1607


is there way to resume the Download of the 'Windows 10 Anniversary Update' (1607) without re-downloading the full file?

I was downloading via 'Windows Update', it downloaded about 3 GB of the file, & then it stopped because I lost the internet connection. Now I can't get it to Resume the download of where it left.

Can Microsoft offer a tool to make Windows realize that it has downloaded part of the file/download, & that it just needs to download the remaining data?


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Usually there is a resume or Update icon left on your desktop when you are interrupted but if you start the update again it should pick up what you have already downloaded.

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Guest Parul Singh



WuInstall - Manage Windows Updates

WuInstall is a command line tool that makes it possible to install Windows Updates on demand. This gives you full control over the patching process. You decide what patches should be applied when and on which machine.

Depending on the System configuration it uses either the internal WSUS server or the external Microsoft Update Server to look for available updates. Afterwards those can be downloaded and installed.

WuInstall was first released in 2009 and today it is used by ten thousands companies all over the world; amongst them are a lot of big enterprises across all industries and public institutions.

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