Windows 10’s version 1803 (April 2018 Update) is the fifth major refresh that Microsoft is rolling out starting April 30, 2018. However, even though, the new version may be ready for general use, you want to prepare before going through the upgrade process to avoid errors and problems.
Although it’s recommended to install new updates to keep your computer secured and to access the new features and improvements, big updates, such as the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, aren’t your typical quality updates that Microsoft makes available every other month. The April 2018 Update is a brand-new version of Windows 10 that requires a full installation, which sometimes can go wrong for a number of reasons. In addition, during the early days, you’re expected to come across errors and unknown bugs depending on your system configuration.
In this guide, you’ll learn several steps to avoid problems and errors during the installation of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803).
Wait until update is offered automatically
While there are a number of ways to install a new version of Windows 10, it’s always best to wait until it’s offered to you automatically through Windows Update to avoid problems. Usually, it’s because during the first few months big updates aren’t fully compatible with all hardware configurations, and Microsoft in purpose blocks the update on devices that knows it’ll cause issues.
In other words, if your computer isn’t getting the update automatically, there’s probably a good reason. Furthermore, if you use the Media Creation Tool or Update Assistant to force the upgrade you’re most likely to come across unexpected compatibility issues and errors.
The best advice is not rush to download and install the version 1803 on your PC, just wait patiently as you’ll eventually get it.
Generally speaking, you want to wait about four months after the update releases, which is the time it takes for Microsoft to consider a new version stable for organizations. (Use this guide to defer the Windows 10 version 1803 using the Semi-Annual Channel.)
If you really can’t wait, use the following tips to minimize the chances of problems and errors trying to install the new feature update.
Always backup first
A recovery plan is crucial. Before making any significant changes to your device, you should always spend the extra time to create a full backup of your computer with the current installation, settings, apps, and files in case things go wrong and you need to rollback.
Upgrades usually go without a glitch and there are mechanisms built into the setup process to safely revert back the changes if something isn’t working correctly. However, you always want to be prepared in case something fails. (At least make a backup of your files before proceeding with an upgrade.)
After the installation, you can reclaim space using this guide.
Export custom settings
Sometimes, Windows 10 might “accidentally” reset some of your settings, such as privacy and default apps configurations, during the upgrade process. If you’ve personalized an installation with a particular configuration, you should record your settings before installing a feature update, in case some of your configurations get reset, and you need to get them back.
Disconnect non-essential peripherals
Remove non-essential apps
Older programs designed for an older version of Windows can also cause compatibility problems. Before proceeding with the installation, make sure to uninstall any software that may cause issues during the installation. You can always reinstall them later.