Windows 10 Post-Install Tasks

Mark Berry November 28, 2016

Due to problems installing a cumulative update, I decided to delete my Windows partition and install Windows 10 Pro x64 1607 from scratch.

Windows 10 does an amazing job of finding and installing hardware drivers—usually the first thing you have to do after an OS install. I was able to skip that, but there are still a few things that need to be tweaked to get a stable, recoverable system. Here are my notes on what to do after the install.

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Windows 10 Re-Installs Cumulative Update

Mark Berry November 21, 2016

After finally getting the November 2016 cumulative update to install into Windows 10 (by installng Windows 10 from scratch, twice), I was a bit dismayed today to see that Windows wanted to re-download and re-install the 800MB cumulative update.

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When DISM Won’t RestoreHealth

Mark Berry November 19, 2016

I’ve been having trouble installing the Windows 10 cumulative update for November 2016. DISM is supposed to scan or restore your Windows image, as explained in this Technet article. But when I tried DISM /RestoreHealth with both online and local sources, it kept telling me that it couldn’t find sources.

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Windows 10 Can’t Install November Cumulative Update

Mark Berry November 19, 2016

Windows 10 Pro 1511 failed repeatedly to install the November 2016 Cumulative Update (KB3198586). So I deleted the partition and installed Windows 10 Pro 1607 from scratch. It also cannot install the update (KB3200970), even if downloaded from the Update Catalog and installed manually.

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Windows 10 Freezes with storahci 129 Errors

Mark Berry November 19, 2016

On a new install of Windows 10 Pro 1607, with a Crucial/Micron M500 SSD, the machine would frequently freeze for several seconds. This corresponded to dozens of storahci 129 warnings in the System event log:

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Windows 10 Repeatedly Disconnects Network Drives

Mark Berry August 19, 2016

A few weeks ago, I upgraded from Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 10 Pro. The most frustrating problem has been that mapped drives on my server frequently disconnect. One of my database programs relies on a mapped drive and keeps crashing. If I had File Explorer open, it loses its location:

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The outages were very brief:  I could immediately connect to the location again.

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StorDiag Errors after Windows 10 Upgrade

Mark Berry August 5, 2016

I upgraded from Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 10 Pro a couple weeks ago. I’ve had ongoing issues with briefly losing connection to my local network. Updating the network card and turning off power management wasn’t enough.

Eventually I noticed that I was getting hundreds of StorDiag errors. They were clumped in groups of about 11 every 10 seconds. Any time I see that many errors at once, I try to track it down because I know that can impact performance.

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Windows 10 Does Not Show or Install Optional Updates

Mark Berry August 4, 2016

Remember all those optional updates in Windows 7? Often you could ignore them, but sometimes you might actually want to update all your hardware drivers at once, or even install Silverlight.

In Windows 10, the optional updates are there, but you’ll never see them without PowerShell or an add-on module, and you can only install them one-by-one.

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