Windows 10 update failing to install

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  1. RobotDoctor

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    I have been researching how to remedy this as all my updates are failing to install on my 2015 Dell XPS 13. While there may be some updates I am happy not to install I am certain there are other updates that would make my version of Win10 more stable. Right now Win10 is so unstable I am very frustrated. Thanks for any help.
     
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    RobotDoctor, there is no way I would ever run a newly released piece of software on a critical computer - my only computer as a consumer, for example. The one I depend on for my connection to the outside world.

    Certainly not an unproven OS like Windows 10, not with Microsoft's long established track record.

    There is no benefit to immediately upgrading to Windows 10. Wait 6-12 months :)

    There is only the pain and misery of discovering you have made a mistake, and must now waste your time to get back to some sense of stability, from whence you came.

    The only way back to stability and that reliable feeling of expecting your computer to work every time you go to use it, is to restore back to your last configuration, whether it be Windows 8.x or Windows 7.

    If you didn't do a backup of your previously stable running OS configuration such that you can restore to it, then rely on the Recovery partition / software / bootable USB/DVD provided from the vendor and restore your data backup once you have updated Windows and drivers.

    It is at this point it is good to reflect on, plan, and implement a good bare metal backup - such that you can boot on a USB flash drive, and restore from an external backup your entire Windows installation.

    Or, you could continue to beat your way through the Windows 10 bugs, and you will likely muddle through for months, until drivers begin to be stable, and MS issues enough continuous delivery patches to get you stable.

    Please let us know how it works out :)
     
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    That's probably because you did an upgrade.

    1) Search for a utility on google to allow you to view your current Windows product key then save it somewhere safe

    2) Use the Windows 10 Download to download Windows 10 installation media and let it create the installation for another PC using a USB Flash Disk. Ensure you select the correct language and edition for Windows, Example: Windows 10 Single Language x64 or whatever your current license is

    3) Format your computer completely and do a fresh installation

    4) Install all the latest drivers first before attempting to connect to the internet otherwise Windows will install drivers from Windows updates which will most likely mess up your computer.
     
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    I reinstalled Windows 10 Pro from a USB. This was a copy of Win10Pro that I purchased outright, not an upgrade from Win8.1. I didn't format the drive but installed over what was there. I think I will try a fresh install by formatting my drive. It can't hurt.
     
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    I wonder if I could actually load Win7 on my 2015 XPS 13. I would definitely consider doing this if I knew Win7 would run without issues. I'll research this and if plausible then it looks like some computer OS loading time for me and the XPS. It looks like I will be carrying two laptops with me for the time being.
     
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    W7 should run just fine on your system. A couple of things to bear in mind, though:

    1) If your XPS came with W8.x getting it onto W7 would mean purchasing/obtaining a license for that OS. I'd run a trial for a bit before spending $$

    2) If you liked W8.x - once again, presuming that's what the laptop came with - you may or may not be happy with W7.

    Happy downgrading.
     
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    My XPS came with Win8.1Pro but I immediately upgraded it to Win10Pro. I really do not like the interface of Win8. I have been running Win7Pro on my business laptops for the past 6 years right after it launched. I don't remember having this many issues with a newly launched platform but then again this was the Windows Vista replacement. I prefer the layout of Win7 and Win10 gives me a very close replication of that. Regarding Win7Pro OS, I do have an unused copy of this that was intended to be used on an older machine but I never got around to it. So the $$ have already been spent. If I have to go back to Win8 then I suppose I will but as of now I am leaning on going to Win7. If I lose the touch screen capability of my laptop then so be it. I don't really use it now since I have not been used to having it. I just want a laptop that is dependable without the inherent issues Win10 is currently experiencing. Maybe in 6 months to a year I'll revisit going back to Win10 but for now I think I'm heading to Win7.

    Thanks for the response!
     
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    I'm fairly certain that the touch capability will be there in W7. It's just a matter of locating the correct drivers. Do bear in mind that I'm not familiar with XPS series of recent vintage. Having said that, I've owned W7 machines which were touch-enabled and worked without issues.


    Well, W7 would be my weapon of choice given the dependability requirement as well.

    Good luck.
     
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    Thanks ajkula66. I'll work on this tomorrow and into next week and post on the XPS 13 Win7 thread.
     
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    RobotDoctor, if you were on Win10 less than 30 days, you still have legal right to use your original Windows 8.1 Pro license

    I would recommend you immediately (before the 30 days are up) install, register/activate your Windows 8.1 Pro key to preserve that license. Run on it for 30+ days to make sure that gets logged into the Microsoft servers before moving on to Windows 7, if you decide you still want to do that.

    Otherwise it will look like you simply upgraded to Windows 10 and stayed offline through the balance of the 30 days.

    If you tried to recover your Windows 8.1 Pro license, I am not sure how MS would decide whether you lost your 8.1 Pro license to a Windows 10 upgrade, or not, but I wouldn't take the chance. Reinstall and Activate Windows 8.1 Pro to keep that key alive.

    Windows 8.1 with Classic Shell is ok... at least it has been / solid stable for me. It also has a longer supported life than Windows 7 - which may not come into play for this particular laptop, but you never know.

    If you still want to get a Windows 7 x64 license, I would encourage you to do so, and wait to see if you need to burn that key on this laptop, or keep it for future use.

    *Preserve Windows 8/8.1/7 (Pro/x64) keys, don't give them up for Windows 10 !* :)

    I wonder if there is a reverse path for those that have Accepted the Windows 10 EULA...send a letter to Microsoft stating that you no longer accept the EULA, you are off of Windows 10, and have no intention of agreeing to any future Product/EULA that encroaches on personal, business, and device privacy? Something to think about.
     
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