While Microsoft is preparing the next update to Windows 10, you might want to see if your current machine is ready for Version 1703, also known as the Creators Update.
Downloading the ISO
The first step to check to see if your machine is ready for theCreators Update is to actually download the ISO onto your computer or flash drive. It’s relatively easy to download the ISO:
- First off go to the web page and click on download tool now to install the download tool on your computer.
- Once it’s installed, accepted the end user license agreement and then choose to create installation media.
- You can then choose to prepare a usb flash drive or an ISO. Once the ISO is downloaded, click on it to mount the iso.
Now comes the fun part where we run a routine to test the install before actually installing the Creators Update.
- Browse to the drive letter that the iso has been mounted at. In my case it mounted as an E: drive.
- To check to see if your system is ready for 1703, launch a command prompt and type in setup.exe /Compat scanonly. Note this will not install Windows 10 1703, merely check to see if there is any issues anticipated.
- You will then need to review the log files located at $Windows.~BT>sources>Panther and specifically look at setuperr.log.
On one computer I have, it appears to be having issues with the Arcsoft connect driver. In the log file it states that “Failed hashing for syswow64\drivers\afc.sys, 0x80070003 “. I found the Arcsoft software in programs and features and uninstalled the software and rebooted my pc. I then tried the scanning process again to make sure my system is ready for 1703 Windows 10.
I’ll be the first to admit that this process is a bit cryptic and the log file process less than ideal. It would be much better if a graphical error message gave a much clearer reason why the Creators Update isn’t ready for your machine rather than relying on telemetry and Microsoft to determine when your pc is ready.