"You can't install Windows 10 to a USB drive using setup" cure? Solved

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  1.    31 Mar 2018 #11

    simrick said: View Post
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    Could be that you already have a SoftwareDistribution.old and a catroot2.old, so, try renaming them to *.old1 or *.old2.
    I think that I could figure out how to do the renaming as you suggest, but I have two other errors that I have no idea how to deal with:
    net stop bits
    The Background Intelligent Transfer Service service is not started.
    More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 3521

    net stop msiserver
    The Windows Installer service is not started.
    More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 3521
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  2.    31 Mar 2018 #12

    Your BITS and Installer services are not running.

    Type services in the search bar, open services and look for those two services.
    BITS should be set to Automatic (Delayed Start) and Windows Installer should be set to Manual.

    Sometimes Windows Update will be disabled by an infection - are you sure the system is clean?
    You can try running ADWCleaner to see if anything is lurking:
    Downloads - AdwCleaner - ToolsLib
    SCAN, then CLEAN (reboot)
    Post the logs here if anything is found.

    Have you run sfc /scannow from an admin command prompt to check the integrity of the Windows Filesystem?

    What software is different between yours and your wife's computers?

    Does your wife also have a cloned drive in hers?
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  3.    31 Mar 2018 #13

    Your BITS and Installer services are not running.Type services in the search bar, open services and look for those two services. BITS should be set to Automatic (Delayed Start) and Windows Installer should be set to Manual.
    I set BITS to Automatic...I do not know what is meant by "Delayed Start". Windows Installer was already set to Manual.
    Sometimes Windows Update will be disabled by an infection - are you sure the system is clean?You can try running ADWCleaner to see if anything is lurking:
    Ran ADWCleaner a couple of times, nothing was left lurking. Rebooted.
    Have you run sfc /scannow from an admin command prompt to check the integrity of the Windows Filesystem?
    "...did not find any integrity violations."
    What software is different between yours and your wife's computers?
    She has Windows 10 Pro also, but her's upgraded automatically to 1709 without incident. She has greeting card software, picture/photo handling software, some games. We both have Glary Registry Repair, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Windows Defender running, I have Grammarly, AOMEI hard disk Partitioning and MiniTool partition, CCleaner, Marium Reflect, LibreOffice, CDBurner, etc. Too many to list.

    I ran Windows 10 Update Assistant after the above changes and it crashed as usual.
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  4.    31 Mar 2018 #14

    Do a repair upgrade to current version by mounting 1703 iso as a drive, tgmhen running setup.exe. Then mount 1709 iso as a drive and run setup.exe.
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  5.    31 Mar 2018 #15

    dahermit said: View Post
    I set BITS to Automatic...I do not know what is meant by "Delayed Start". Windows Installer was already set to Manual.
    Ran ADWCleaner a couple of times, nothing was left lurking. Rebooted.
    "...did not find any integrity violations."
    Okay good.

    dahermit said: View Post
    She has Windows 10 Pro also, but her's upgraded automatically to 1709 without incident. She has greeting card software, picture/photo handling software, some games. We both have Glary Registry Repair, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Windows Defender running, I have Grammarly, AOMEI hard disk Partitioning and MiniTool partition, CCleaner, Marium Reflect, LibreOffice, CDBurner, etc. Too many to list.

    I ran Windows 10 Update Assistant after the above changes and it crashed as usual.
    You don't need Glary if you have Ccleaner. You don't need AOMEI if you have MiniTool. I would get rid of those two (Glary and AOMEI). Besides, (except for Ccleaner), I would NOT recommend ever using cleaners on a system - they can really mess things up.

    Perhaps a list of all installed programs on your system? Maybe there are some problematic ones we can weed out. You can get that easily using Ccleaner: Tools>Uninstall>Save to text file (bottom RH corner). Attach the text file to your next post.

    You might try cereberus's suggestion of doing a repair install with the current ISO that your system is running (v1703); not sure if this would help, but couldn't hurt.
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  6.    31 Mar 2018 #16

    cereberus said: View Post
    Do a repair upgrade to current version by mounting 1703 iso as a drive, tgmhen running setup.exe. Then mount 1709 iso as a drive and run setup.exe.
    I seem to remember trying to do something similar sometime back...mounting a downloaded Windows10.iso and mounting it as a drive. If that is the same thing as what you are suggesting, it did not work, ended with "You can't install Windows 10 to a USB flash drive using setup."

    If not the same thing, I would need a step-by-step procedure to follow in order for me to get that done.
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  7.    31 Mar 2018 #17

    dahermit said: View Post
    I seem to remember trying to do something similar sometime back...mounting a downloaded Windows10.iso and mounting it as a drive. If that is the same thing as what you are suggesting, it did not work, ended with "You can't install Windows 10 to a USB flash drive using setup."

    If not the same thing, I would need a step-by-step procedure to follow in order for me to get that done.
    You said in Post #9 that you've done this already.
    cure? - Windows 10 Forums
    Been there...done that (downloading the latest ISO and mounting it, and running setup.exe from within your current W10 OS?). It did not work.
    So, did you or did you not try to run an in-place repair install with either v1703 or v1709 ISO?

    Honesty, a repair install is the best bet, short of a clean install.

    Here are the basic steps:
    Download the latest ISO, save it to your computer.
    Right-click the ISO and select MOUNT or Open With File Explorer
    Find the setup.exe file
    Double-click it to run
    Let it go through the motions of installing W10 - select Keep Personal Files and Apps.
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  8.    31 Mar 2018 #18

    I'd really like to see a list of your installed programs.
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  9.    31 Mar 2018 #19

    dahermit said: View Post
    I think that I could figure out how to do the renaming as you suggest, but I have two other errors that I have no idea how to deal with:
    I found the following tutorial on how to delete/rename the "softwareDistribution" folder.
    https://www.windowscentral.com/how-c...der-windows-10
    However, when I get to the step where I have to stop the Background Intelligent Transfer Service, (net stop bits <enter>), it does NOT stop the service. It just states that the service has not stopped and refers me to HELPMSG 3521, which tells me nothing.
    Perhaps I am not getting in there as administrator...This is what I am doing: I right click the Window, I click on Windows PowerShell (Admin). Is that the Windows 10 equivalent of "Open Start", right-click Command Prompt, etc.?
    Or, is there some other reason that "net stop bits" is not stopping?
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  10.    31 Mar 2018 #20

    simrick said: View Post
    I'd really like to see a list of your installed programs.
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