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Windows 10 fails to upgrade? Here is how to fix it.

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There are many possible reasons for Widows 10 upgrade to fail. Whether you are upgrading from an older version of Windows, such as Windows 7 or Windows 8, or from a previous build of Windows 10 itself, if the upgrade is failing, the first things to check are the obvious ones: search the web for the error message displayed and see what others might have done about it, check your C: drive for errors, remove any old software that might be incompatible with Windows 10, etc.

If you tired such things, but Windows 10 still fails to upgrade without giving an obvious explanation, for example, if the upgrade reaches a certain percentage point and then stalls there for hours, and when you try the upgrade again, it stalls again, perhaps at a different percentage point, one of the possibilities is that the BCD on your computer is corrupted and that's stopping Windows 10 from upgrading properly.

What is BCD, you might be wondering? It stands for Boot Configuration Data, and it's a set of files that Windows is using internally when it starts your computer. It is used by Windows upgrade procedure, too, and if something is wrong with it, Windows upgrade fails. This article explains how to repair the BCD.

However, first things first:

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1. Boot in the Safe mode with Command Prompt

The procedure depends on the version of Windows that you already have. If you have trouble rebooting your computer in the safe mode, another option is to boot the computer from Windows 10 DVD (if you have it, of course), and choose Repair your computer option:

On the next screen, choose Troubleshooting, and then finally choose the Command prompt option:

2. Rebuild the BCD

Type the following command in the command prompt:

  bootrec.exe /RebuildBCD

Windows should start searching for the existing installations of Windows you might have on your hard drives. If it reports that 0 installations are found, try the following two commands, one after another:

  bcdedit /CreateStore BCD
  bcdedit /Import BCD

Now try the bootrec.exe /RebuildBCD command again. This time, Windows should find its existing installation and ask you to add it to the BCD information, reply Y for Yes:

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Now close the Command prompt, restart the computer as usual, and try to upgrade to Windows 10 again. Chances are, the upgrade will now succeed! It not, then sorry, the problem on your computer was something else.

Good luck!

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How to stop automatic updates on Windows 10

With Windows 10, Microsoft took away our control of how and when Windows updates are installed: by default they are installed when they become available, whether we want them or not.

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Why would one not want to install updates right away? When one's computer is using a connection that's limited in bandwidth or expensive, obviously. This is usually not the case when connecting to a Wi-Fi at home or at work, but when you travel, you may find it necessary to use a cell data connection that's roaming, or metered, and in such case you certainly don't wan't to end up with a huge bill after Windows has downloaded a multi-megabyte update in the background without telling you.

So, how to temporarily stop Windows 10 from using the bandwidth for the maintenance tasks such as Window updates? Easy: you need to tell Windows that the connection you are using is metered, and that would stop the automatic updates over that connection. Specifically, the steps are as follows:

1. Open the Start menu of Windows 10 and choose Settings:

2. Select Network and Internet:

3. Select Wi-Fi:

4. Select Manage known networks:

5. Select the Wi-Fi network you are connected to, click Properties, and then select Advanced options:

If you don't see Advanced options on this screen, it probably means you are not connected to a Wi-Fi network. In such a case, connect to Wi-Fi, and then repeat the steps above.

6. Move the Set as metered connection switch to the On position:

That's it, that should stop Windows 10 from downloading updates over this specific connection. Keep in mind that if later on you connect to a different Wi-Fi network, you should set it as a metered connection, too, if you want the ban on Windows updates to continue.

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Consider also, that Windows stops doing some other tasks over the metered connections, such as installing or updating device drivers delivered via the Windows update channel. If you encounter a problem connecting a device to your laptop while using a metered Wi-Fi connection, try turning off the 'metered connection' switch and see if that improves the situation.

And of course, when you are back home from the trip, don't forget to check that the metered connection setting is off, to allow the updates to resume and go on as usual. Remember that Windows updates are (usually) a good thing!

Happy computing!

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