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Fixed: Feature Update to Windows 10 Version 1709 Failed to Install

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Jan 15, 2024 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions

Windows 10 Version 1709 is update of Windows operating system that was released in 2017, also known as the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. This version was designed for visual creatives, with an enhanced Photos app and a brand-new paint app that is included, among others. However, some users have complained about errors in installation and download. We have compiled 10 ways you can solve this error on your own.

Due to the nature of feature updates, ensure to back up your data to avoid losses. In the event you lose your data while doing a feature update, get in touch with Wondershare Recoverit to help you restore your lost data.

Feature updates are newer versions of Windows 10 Operating System that are released twice a year. Previously, Windows would roll out new OS versions every 3 years. With the new servicing model, however, you now get regular updates within a year. This model of servicing is good for end users but due to the frequency of updates, errors in installing new updates have also increased.

The common errors that come up while updating Windows 10 Version 1709 are:

Windows 10 update history

Part 1. Best way to solve a failed installation of feature update to Windows 10, version 1709

Solution 1. Delete the Windows Update Folder

When a windows update fails to install, the corrupted download may still be on your drive, which can cause further issues when you try to update again.

Press Win + R keys to launch Run. Type services.msc and click OK. Locate Windows Update on the right-hand pane, right-click and select Stop. Close window.

Windows 10 update history

Solution 2. Download and Install the Fall Creators Update Manually

Go to the Windows 10 downloads website and select Update now.

Windows 10 update  website page

To start installation after downloading, select Run on the prompt that appears. Otherwise, click Save to install files later. When a window asking to install updates appears, click Update Now.

Solution 3. Use the Windows Update Troubleshooter

In the search taskbar, type in Troubleshoot and hit Enter. In the menu, navigate to Windows Update and then click Run the Troubleshooter.

Windows 10  troubleshoot window

Click Try troubleshooting as an administrator to proceed with the process. Restart PC.

Solution 4. Reset the Windows Update Components

Run the elevated command prompt by pressing Win + X and choosing the Command Prompt (Admin)

Type in these commands in sequence and press enter after typing each to disable some components:

Enter these commands after to rename SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folders:

ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bakren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak

Re enable the services disabled in step 2 by entering the commands in sequence:

Restart PC

Solution 5. Repair System Files with SFC

To repair an installation issue in Windows 10, you can use the System File Checker command tool.

Press Win + X keys, press A, and select Yes to run Command Prompt by the administrator. Type the command SFC /scannow then enter to scan all Windows system files and repair them.

Windows command prompt  with sfc scannow command

Solution 6. Use the DISM Command Line Tool

Open elevated command prompt and type exe/Online /Cleanup-Image/Restorehealth and hit Enter. Wait until the command gets processed and repair is done. A prompt will appear indicating that the corruption in-store components have been repaired. Close the window and restart the PC.

Solution 7. Disable Automatic Updates

Press Win + R to launch Run and type msc. Click OK.

Find Windows Update Service and double click to open Properties. Set Startup type to Disabled and select OK. Restart PC.

Windows 10 update  properties

Solution 8. Temporarily disable your antivirus software

There are times when the antivirus software blocks the installation of new updates. As per the software's method, disable the antivirus, and observe if the issue persists.

Solution 9. Update your device drivers

Wait for the update to complete. If an update is published in the Windows Update service, updates will be downloaded and installed automatically. To update drivers manually, open Device Manager, and expand on the drive you wish to update. Right-click on the drive and choose Update Driver.

Choose Search automatically for updated driver software. Otherwise, click Browse my computer for driver software if you have the driver installed on your PC.

On your search bar, type Settings and click on Update & Security. Choose Windows Update and then click the Check for updates.

Windows 10 update  & security

By the way, you can also learn how to install the software programs successfully.

Part 2. How to postpone feature updates

Sometimes, you may not be ready to install feature updates due to your work schedule or not having time to wait for updates. The errors indicated above that come up while updating your Windows 10 features can be time consuming. To postpone updates to a later time, these are the steps:

The Windows 10 version 1709 Fall Creators Update has useful features and may be accessed once you have solved the problem that stops the download and installation process. Always make sure to do a backup of your data before going through any update to avoid data loss.

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David Darlington

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