This weekend, I fired up a Windows 10 VM image I hadn’t used for a while. Because they are essentially just files, virtual machine images tend to sit around, powered off, unless you need them. I use a standard Windows 10 starter template VM whenever I need a fresh machine. The template hadn’t been updated in a while. As is always the case when re-activating a VM, I ran Windows Update. It made some progress, but then it failed. I tried Windows Update again. I got another fail message. You can try a bunch of tricks to fix updates when they fail. Fortunately, in my case, the very first tactic I used succeeded. I’ll show you that, then I’ll share with you some of the additional steps I would have taken if the update still hadn’t worked. Make a backup I know this should go without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway. Make a backup. Before you go rummaging around in your system’s innards, it’s always good to make sure you can recover your data. Yes, I’ve skipped this step. Yes, it’s hurt my soul. Learn from my mistakes. Make a backup. Here are three great articles by our own Windows sensei, Ed Bott, that should help you backup before you go forward. Ed Bott on Windows backups: Windows 10 tip: Create a full image backup using this hidden tool Windows 10 tip: Create a recovery drive Windows 10 tip: Turn on File History for automatic backups 1…. [Read full story]
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