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Windows 10 April 2018 Update common problems and fixes



he Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) has finally arrived, and it's rolling out worldwide as a free update for compatible desktops, laptops, and tablets. The new version is the fifth major refresh that Microsoft is releasing (the first of two updates coming out this year), and it delivers a new set of features and changes to improve productivity, performance, and security.
However, a new release also means new potential problems because feature updates are not the same as those quality updates you get every month. Instead, every new release of Windows 10 goes through significant code restructuring which can introduce compatibility issues as well as bugs that can negatively impact the experience.
Alongside the issues that may appear as a result of the new version, you may also come across problems that aren't necessarily problems with the new feature update. Sometimes, an installation could fail because of outdated drivers, conflicts with programs, and configurations you may have applied that will prevent installing the new version.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll highlight a number of common problems and the different ways you can resolve them as you install the April 2018 Update on your device.

Problems and fixes moving to Windows 10 version 1803


It's important to note that during the installation of a new version of Windows 10, you may encounter two types of problems. You may see errors that are common issues during the upgrade process, which they're not necessarily bugs, and then, there are those errors that can occur as a result of a bug, compatibility problem, or unknown issue with the new feature update.
This guide includes the instructions to resolve both types of problems during and after the installation of Windows 10 version 1803:

How to fix Windows Update errors installing April Update


Although the best way to download and install the latest release of Windows 10 is to use the Windows Update option, sometimes you may see an error message that won't let you install the new version.
There are a number of errors that may appear, and they'll be different depending on the problem that caused them. However, if you're having trouble, the quickest way to troubleshoot and resolve this issue is to use the Windows Update troubleshooter tool.
  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Troubleshoot.
  4. Under "Get up and running," select the Windows Update option.
  5. Click the Run the troubleshooter button.

Click the Apply this fix option (if applicable).

Continue with the on-screen directions.

  1. Restart your device.
After completing the steps, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, click the Check for updates button to try the upgrade one more time.
It worth noting that there could also be a problem with your device network adapter. In this case, you can use the Network Adapter troubleshooter available under "Find and fix other problems" in the Troubleshoot settings page to resolve this issue.

How to fix Windows Update error 0x800F0922 downloading April Update


The error 0x800F0922 can indicate that your computer cannot contact the Microsoft's update servers, or it can mean that the System Reserved partition doesn't have enough space.

Disconnect VPN

If you see these errors using Windows Update, the problem could be an active VPN connection.
To fix this problem, disconnect your current VPN session and then try to update again.

Resize System Reserved partition

It's unusual to have a System Reserved partition that is smaller than required, but sometimes third-party programs like security software may save data into this partition, which can be the reason that you can't install the April Update.
To fix this problem, you'll need to find a third-party tool to resize and make the System Reserved partition larger (at least 500MB).
Alternatively, you can perform a clean installation, which will create the proper partition to run Windows 10 without problems.

Use Media Creation Tool

Alongside problems contacting the update servers or partition size, you may also come across error 0x80246007 while using Windows Update to download the latest version of Windows 10. This error indicates that the update didn't download successfully.
The best way to get around this problem is to use the Media Creation Tool to perform a clean installation which will create the proper partition to run Windows 10 without problems.

How to fix unexpected error downloading installation files


The error 0x80190001 usually happens when an unexpected problem occurs trying to download the upgrade files to install the Windows 10 version 1803 using Windows Update.
If you see this error message, use Disk Cleanup to remove the temporary installation files and try again.
  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for cleanmgr and click the result to launch Disk Cleanup.
  3. Select the C: drive.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Click the Clean up system file button.
  6. Click OK ensuring that the C: drive is selected.
  7. Select Temporary Windows installation files .
  8. Click OK.
  9. Click the Delete Files button.
After removing the files, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, click the Check for updates button.
If this method doesn't work, use the Media Creation Tool to upgrade your device manually.

How to fix Windows Update error 0x80070020 installing April Update


Usually, you'll see error 0x80070020 using Windows Update to install a feature update if an application is conflicting with the Windows 10 automatic update mechanism.
This error is likely caused by a third-party antivirus or security software. You can troubleshoot this problem doing a clean boot of Windows 10 and then try to go through the upgrade on more time.
If you don't want to use the clean boot process, make sure to temporarily remove any third-party antivirus, security software, and older programs that may be causing the conflict, and then try to upgrade again.
On Windows 10, you can uninstall applications using these steps:
  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Apps & features.
  4. Select the app you want to remove, and click the Uninstall button.
  5. Click the Uninstall button again to confirm.
After completing the steps, repeat the instructions to remove any other conflicting applications. Then try to upgrade one more time, and after the process, remember to reinstall your third-party antivirus or security software.

How to fix missing or damaged update files error 0x80073712


When you see error 0x80073712 or 0x80245006, it means that the required files to install the April Update are missing or damaged.
To fix this problem, use the Disk Cleanup tool to remove the setup temporary files and then try again:
  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for cleanmgr and click the top result to launch Disk Cleanup.
  3. Select the C: drive.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Click the Clean up system file button.
  6. Click OK, ensuring the C: drive is selected.
  7. Select Windows Setup temporary files or Temporary Windows installation files.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Click the Delete Files button.
After removing the files, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, click the Check for updates button.
If you're still having problems, you should upgrade to version 1803 using the Media Creation Tool.

How to fix update isn't applicable to your device problem


As you try to upgrade to Windows 10 version 1803, you may see a message that reads: Error: The update isn't applicable to your computer. This message indicates that your device doesn't have the required updates installed to support the new version.
Windows 10 installs updates automatically, but if your computer doesn't connect to the internet for some time, and then you try to use a USB bootable media to upgrade, you're likely to see this problem.
To resolve this issue, make sure to install the latest updates before proceeding with the upgrade:
  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Click the Check for update button.
In the rare case that the required update isn't downloading, you can install it manually.