Windows update, wait or defer?

  1. Posts : 25
    Windows 10

    Windows update, wait or defer?

    Hello, I am in the middle of troubleshooting my pc for an issue and I'm wondering should I just let windows update or defer that big 3gig at the beginning? I have yet to get a update that didn't give me some errors. If let it update is the best way is there something I'm missing to not get fails and bsod during the update? I'm out of town today and driving so if this has been addressed please forgive me.
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  2. Posts : 35,593
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Hi- Home or Pro?

    What is your current build- and which update or upgrade are you concerned about?

    If you wish to set your updates to Notify - i.e. you get an Action Centre notification telling you an update is available, one way is to use Windows Update Minitool (free) and click the Notify button to configure Windows Update. (The option is also one of those available via Group Policy in Pro).

    That way you should not be surprised by updates.
    Windows update, wait or defer?-1.jpgIn P

    And in Pro I have
    Windows update, wait or defer?-1.jpg
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  3. Posts : 25
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I have pro. I am not sure of the build. It says the update is 3gb so it might be an older one. I have tried it 3 times and I get errors and even a bsod sometimes.
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  4. Posts : 35,593
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    1. What is your current windows build please?
    Windows key + R, winver.

    2. Please post a screenshot of your Update History.

    I have no definite idea which update you're referring to, I'm afraid... different people get updates at different times, and some have different builds to others.

    3. As a matter of routine, please do these checks:
    Download Hard Disk Sentinel (trial) and post a screenshot of its GUI
    To post a screenshot please use the icon above your post to the left of the video icon.

    From an admin command prompt:
    chkdsk c: /scan

    and advise the results.
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  5. Posts : 25
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I'll do it when I get home this evening. Thanks for the help.
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  6. Posts : 25
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Version 1703 Build ( 15063.0)
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  7. Posts : 35,593
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Hi, ok, continue with the rest of my previous post.

    Returning to your first question as to whether to upgrade or not whilst troubleshooting... well, this depends on what you're troubleshooting- which we don't know. If it could be fixed by a new Windows installation, for example, (and that is just an example given the context) then again (purely as an example) and in-place upgrade repair install (of 1703 - which keeps all programs, data and most settings- might fix your problem and might solve problems upgrading.(It has been known).

    The actions in my previous post might help. It depends what your problem is.

    Turning now to resolving upgrade difficulties:
    a. You will find good advice here:
    Trying again- preparation.
    Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
    Note the guidance in the yellow section and Here's How

    - disconnect any unnecessary peripherals
    - disable or uninstall any 3rd party security software (this isn't always necessary, but some is broken by an upgrade, and may cause problems).- try upgrading after a clean boot- check you've at least 20Gb free on C: - more than your Windows folder
    - disable Secure Boot and Fast Boot in your UEFI firmware settings.
    make sure your BIOS is up to date

    What went wrong?

    Then see this where many error numbers and messages are listed:
    How to Troubleshoot Common Setup and Stop Errors During Windows - Microsoft Community

    and the tutorial above has a link showing log files you can examine
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