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Win10 boot issue - message "Restoring your previous version of Windows"

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Hi,

     I have a workstation that is running Windows 10 and on an intermittent (but too regular) basis it give the message "Restoring your previous version of Windows" while booting.  It then takes an a long time to boot before it finally comes up.  What's the best way to resolve this?  The system will remain on Win10.

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by:McKnife
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This indicates, that windows tried to upgrade (not update) itself to the next major Windows 10 version - and failed. It reverses the changes and retries a few days later. And retries...and retries.

For an inplace upgrade, you should have at least 30 GBs of free space on the c: drive. If that is the case, please download the win10 ISO and try the inplace upgrade manually: https://www.microsoft.com/software-download/windows10
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by:kboller
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Thanks, I'll try that and let you know if it corrects the issue.
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by:John Hurst
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That Is what I would do as well. Run the upgrade in place (no need to create an ISO disc) and be sure to select the option to keep everything.  I have done this several times.
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by:Uttam Kumar
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You can repair and see if it helps else in-place upgrade should do the job.
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garycase earned 167 total points (awarded by participants)
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Just to be clear on what you need to do ...

(1)  Go to the link provided in the first post.   Click on the 2nd download [ "Download Tool Now" ] and download the media creation tool.

(2)  Run the Media Creation Tool and  create an ISO "for another PC" (you're not really doing that, but you want the ISO)

(3)  When the ISO file is complete, go to File Explorer and right-click on the ISO -- and select Mount.   This will "mount" the ISO in a virtual DVD drive.

(4)  Run Setup on that virtual drive.    When you get the first prompt, check the box to NOT do updates with the install (this often causes issues).    Then just let the setup program "install" W10 ... keeping all your programs and data.    This will install the newest version [Build 2607 ... known as the "Anniversary Update"].
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... FYI, what's been happening is it's been trying to update to Build 2607, but failing -- and so when it "reverts to your previous OS"   it's simply going back to the previous version of W10.     I've seen quite a few systems that have issues when they try to do this upgrade through Windows Update => but if you do it as I just outlined it will (at least in every case I've seen) always work.
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I wonder why this point system is heading for. If I had just added something like "I'd do the same", I would not assign myself the same number of points. Well, I am against a point system altogether.
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