The 1709 “Fall Creators Update” was released in October 2017 by Microsoft.
It gave a number of core updates to Windows 10, including the likes of having underlying updates to the operating system, several security updates and a swathe of other feature updates. The good news is the update is entirely free, and downloads automatically on any Windows 10 system that is not fully up to date. The bad news is that it is extremely difficult to install.
The big problem is that there are certain unsupported software and hardware components which can often lead the system to suddenly stop the update – citing “Restoring Previous Version of Windows” to get it back to the level it was previously running at.
Unfortunately, this has meant many people experiencing disrupted service with their PC’s (typically due to the way in which the latest update provides a significant amount of performance upgrades for the system And, characteristically, Microsoft have not really been very forthcoming with solutions.
The answer / solution is actually rather simple. Get rid of ANY older software / hardware which might be causing problems for the system. This includes the likes of antivirus / firewalls AND drivers.
The big one here is the drivers element. We had an older machine running 1703 quite happily. When it came time to upgrade to 1709, however, it kept shutting down and not wanting to continue the installation. After removing antivirus etc, we eventually found that the problem was the old WIFI card that we’d been using (reliably) for the past 6+ years.
After removing the wireless card, and plugging the system directly into our home network through an ethernet cable, it became apparent that the update would progress without a hitch. Not only does that mean the system is able to now run 1709, but also that it’s able to receive future updates without any further problems.
Again, whilst Microsoft provided support for the problems, it was generally quite basic and general. By removing ANY hardware which is not critical to the system’s operation (such as printers etc), and then making sure that your network connection is the most basic (IE wired, not wireless), you should be able to get the update installed. This is what worked for us.
In terms of why this may work over other methods, you have to understand that in order to get the most out of the system, you have to be able to have all the hardware/software working effectively on it. To do this effectively requires you to remove any of the corrupt or damaged settings that may be present on it.