How to fix Windows 10 Fall Creators Update install issues

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aWindows 10 Fall Creators Update is finally here. And while millions of users are getting it, the rollout might not be as smooth for everyone. In fact, there are some users who recently reported they’re unable to install the freshest Windows 10 version.

If you’re currently dealing with this problem as well, we’ve got your back. Here are some workarounds that we’re sure will help you obtain Windows 10 Creators Update as soon as possible.

How to solve Windows 10 Creators Update installation issues

Solution 1 – Check system requirements

The very first thing you should do when installing just about any major update for Windows 10 is to check if your current configuration supports it. If you have a ‘newer’ computer, there’s no need to bother at all, because the Fall Creators Update really doesn’t require a beast.

But if your computer is older than 5 years, you might as well take a look at the minimum system requirements:

  • Processor: 1GHz or faster processor or SoC
  • RAM: 1GB for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit
  • Hard disk space: 16GB for 32-bit OS or 20GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics card: DirectX9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 800×600

So, if your computer doesn’t meet the minimums here, it’s about time to upgrade. C’mon, how are you even able to browse the internet?

Solution 2 – Make sure you don’t defer upgrades

We’ve already explained how to block the Fall Creators Update on certain versions of Windows 10. And it involves deferring major upgrades. So, if you have this option enabled, you won’t be able to receive the Fall Creators Update. In case you don’t know how to disable it, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to Settings > Update & security
  2. Now, go to Advanced options
  3. Make sure to set the option for deferring updates to 0

Solution 3 – Disable metered connection

Same goes for metered connection. Users of mostly Anniversary Update can set their internet connection to metered in order to block the Fall Creators Update from installing on their computers.

So, if you want to install the update after all, you have to make sure your internet isn’t set to metered. This applies to both WiFi and wired Ethernet connections. Here’s how to disable metered connection in Windows 10:

  1. Go to Settings > Network & Internet
  2. Now, go to Change connection properties
  3. Toggle Set as metered connection off

Solution 4 – Make sure you have enough disk space

As you can see from the system requirements above, you need at least 16GB of free disk space in order to install the Fall Creators Update. So, if the installation fails, make sure you have enough space.

If you don’t, you could clean your disk from some junk files, or even delete some apps and programs you’re not using. Also, consider moving your files and media to cloud, you’ll save space and secure them at the same time.

Solution 5 – Disable Antivirus and Firewall

It’s known that third-party antivirus programs don’t go along very well with Windows 10 updates, especially major ones. So, if you’re still unable to download the Fall Creators Update, disable your antivirus temporarily and try again.

If the antivirus was indeed the culprit, you should be able to install the update without any problems.

The situation is similar with Windows Firewall, as well. Even though this tool shouldn’t work against updates, some interferences are possible. So, along with disabling your antivirus, try with temporarily disabling Windows Firewall as well. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Navigate to Control Panel.
  2. Click System and Security.
  3. Go to Windows Firewall.
  4. Select Turn Windows Firewall on or off from the left side.
  5. Turn off Windows Firewall for both Private and Public networks and click OK.
  6. Try updating again.

Keep in mind that you should disable these security measures temporarily. It’s unwise to leave your computer completely unprotected for a longer period of time.

So, either re-enable your antivirus once the update gets installed, or switch to Windows Defender, which also receives some changes in the Fall Creators Update.

Solution 6 – Restart Windows Update services

Maybe the problem is of technical nature, and services needed for installing the Fall Creators Update are not running. So, we’ll try with resetting these services, in order to clear the path for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Right-click Start Menu and run Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. In the command line type the following commands and press Enter after each:
    • net stop bits
    • net stop wuauserv 
  3. Now, close the Command Prompt and navigate to C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution.
  4. Backup this folder and delete everything inside.
  5. Restart the PC and try updating again.

Solution 7 – Run the SFC scan

The SFC scan is a built-in tool that’s designed for dealing with various problems within the Windows OS. Even though it’s not specifically meant for resolving update issues, it certainly can help. Here’s how to run this command:

  1. Go to Search, type cmd, right-click Command Prompt, and select Run as administrator
  2. Enter the following command, and press Enter: sfc/scannow
  3. Wait for the process to finish

ALSO READ: Fix: Sfc /scannow stops on Windows 10

Solution 8 – Just wait

As there are millions of users worldwide waiting for the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft decided to roll it gradually. So, if the upgrade hasn’t even shown up for you, maybe the best thing to do is wait. When Microsoft starts rolling out the update in your region, you’ll surely receive it.

Remember to stay patient, as days or even weeks can pass until the Fall Creators Update shows up for everyone.

Solution 9 – Install the update manually

And finally, if you’re still unable to install the upgrade even after performing all the previous solutions, perhaps your best bet is to take matters into your own hands and just update your system manually.

As we know, there are two legitimate ways to install the Fall Creators Update on your computer. So, if the Windows Update has failed, your only chance is to turn to the Media Creation Tool.

We already have the article about installing Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, so you can check it out for precise instructions. Even though the updates are different, the procedure is identical.

That’s it for now. We hope at least one of these solutions helped you finally obtain the Fall Creators Update. If you have any comments, questions, or know about a solution we didn’t list here, please let us know in the comments down below.