Windows upgrades are tricky business. It’s tough to predict how your PC will behave after it has gone through one. We can’t guarantee that these upgrades will change your Windows experience for the better, but we can help you make the best of them.
TheWindows 10 November update— aka Threshold 2 (TH2) or Version 1115 — got here in early November 2015. Contrary to popular belief, Microsoft has not pulled it, but had to fix settings changes and mean while has been rolling it out slowly.
With Version 1155 as the backdrop, let’s take a look at some common issues that surface for many users with every Windows upgrade. We’ll also discuss a few fixes available for them.
— Nabil H (@inabster)November 15, 2015
Note:An upgrade is different from an update. An update modifies existing features and files in a program. An upgrade adds new features and replaces existing system files with new ones. It usually makes significant changes to your PC.
Microsoft is referring to the November release as an update. Butit’s actually anupgrade that replaces your Windows 10 installation with a newer version, specificallyVersion 1511, orBuild 10586.
The Installer Hangs
- The Windows installer can appear to get stuck at various points. Usually it’s just taking time to copy files or download them over a slow network. If you leave it alone and check back later, the installer would have proceeded to the next step.
- Even if the installer is stuck for hours, it pays to be patient and let the upgrade continue overnight. Otherwise, you’ll have to start over and that just means more waiting time.
- If the installer hasn’t responded even after letting the upgrade continue overnight, it isstuck and you need to take action to nudge it along.
- For example, in the case of the November update, several users have reporteda couple of common points at which the installer stops responding:
- 25%– The solution is to unplug any DVD or Blu-ray drive connected to the system and restart the upgrade.
- 44%– Removing the SD card before installation solves this problem. You can reinsert it after you have completed the upgrade. If you’re using the SD Card for the upgrade,
- Switch to a bootable USB created using the Windows Media Creation Tool.
As a general rule,it’s best to keep all peripherals disconnected during the upgrade. Once the upgrade is complete you can reconnect them and find appropriate drivers for them. You can also use Windows Update to find the latest device driversbeforeyou upgrade.Some
Features/Customizations Have Vanished
Windows 10 users who went ahead with the November update have reported thatMicrosoft has managed to sneak in yet another nasty surprise. During the upgrade, it uninstalls various programs without so much as a warning. What’s more, it even replaces your favorite programs with Microsoft tools as the system defaults.Sure, you can fix these two problems, but you shouldn’t have to, and Microsoft belatedly agrees:
Recently we learned of an issue that could have impacted an extremely small number of people who had already installed Windows 10 and applied the November update (Version 1511). When the November update was installed, a few settings preferences may have inadvertently not been retained for advertising ID, Background apps, SmartScreen Filter, and Sync with devices. Thisissue has been fixed in the update that accompanies KB3120677.
~via Microsoft Support
This is not the first time Microsoft has let users down ortampered with an excellent feature. All we can say here is that you’re dealing with Microsoft. Act accordingly. Expect them to use underhanded tactics and/or leave at least a few things messed up. Be sure torecheck your privacy settings after you upgrade.