Since I have devoted a fair amount of space to update problems, it's only fair I take a look at the other side of this catch-22 called Windows Update. In fairness, there are those out there that don't run quirky equipment, or they build their own systems more like a dependable old pickup truck than a hopped-up, highly tuned race car prone to problems.
Some stick to brand names and keep the hardware up to date which not all of us have the budget to do. That brings to light a segment of users that look forward to updating their system, so they can play with all the new bells and whistles. I don't mean this deridingly either as I am a bells and whistles guy, but a VW bug might be a bit more reliable than an over-bored, fuel-injected street eater and the same can be said of PC hardware configurations out there.
I know... I know... I had to convince myself this group really existed... just for the sake of sanity and the possibility there are computers out there that pose little or no problem. Not everyone uses them for digital art, animation, and other intensive applications like the Rendo audience tends to do. You folks push the boundaries, to say the least.
So, I chose my most reliable computer, my HP Omen, which itself succumbed to a Windows 10 Update bricking when it was new. Since that time, it has been upgraded and seems to take Windows Updates in stride. Plus, it's not my main workstation. It's my VR development platform so problems wouldn't be catastrophic or stressful if something didn't work and I had to rollback.
I jumped over to Windows Update on the Omen and was informed that my system was not ready for the 2004 version feature update. I had read previously about OneDrive and other items keeping the update from being available. I also read about manually updating to the newest version via the Windows 10 Update Assistant. Why uninstall OneDrive or do a digital dance when I can just use the Update Assistant?
This tool was a small program that downloaded when I clicked the UPDATE NOW button on the Microsoft Download Windows 10 webpage. Running the downloaded Windows10Upgrade9252.exe will open the Windows 10 Update Assistant with instructions on how to begin the update which then starts downloading after being given permission. While the update downloads, you can continue working until it's ready.
I can't help but note the irony of having browbeaten Microsoft over the years to the point of being hesitant or fearful of updates. Now I find myself awaiting my fate after deliberately forcing the update! It just seems more natural to cower in the bushes until the update has destroyed a certain amount of data, confidence, and Microsoft pride.
I waited… and waited… and waited (Windows 10 was doing “things”) and then I waited some more only to be greeted with the message that my computer was not ready for the 2004 update (at least it didn't say… Look… Idiot… it's not ready!) and to sit tight and wait till they made it available.
Ok.. so much for confidence… I knew I should have cowered in the bushes with the Microsofties but I boldly struck out on my own to do this upgrade and boldly failed! I got online and started chasing my tail with all the remedies and of course… nothing worked.
So… I threw in the towel… trying not to drown in the aforementioned and ever-increasing irony of first, trying a manual upgrade and then having been thwarted. I was unhappy to be left at Version 1909. Why? For the life of me, I do not know. You would think I'd be grateful since it wasn't another brick for the pile.
On a side note… I upgraded my workstation (the Dell from Hell) to 1909… and all was well except for Avast Premium Security that would not start no matter how much I verbally threatened its country of origin. Alas… threatening Avast does no good as they are a thick-skinned lot over there anyway. After some back and forth an Avast GUI colored window popped up… blank… for several minutes then Avast slowly began to show signs of working and came to life.
Anyway… I give up. There is simply no guessing how a Windows 10 upgrade is going to go. Throw the dice, spin the wheel… whatever your preferred game of chance might have been it is now replaced with the biggest gamble of all… Windows 10 Update.
M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord, is an international award-winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director, and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years. Now retired, M.D. is currently working part-time on writing and select character development projects. You can learn more about MD on his website.