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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 30 OCTOBER - 4 NOVEMBER 2017

Hello and Welcome,

Club upgrade to Win 1709 fails:

BAD NEWS.

We tried to install the Fall Update (Win 1709) on the Club's computer today at the Web Design SIG (Saturday, Oct 21). First, when we Checked for Updates, it loaded Flash and another Cumulative Update, I think. Then checking again, it said the "Feature update to Windows 10, version 1709" was ready.

Since our SIG Leader, Steve South, was using his own laptop for the meeting, we clicked OK for the Upgrade to go ahead on the Club's computer.

We looked at its progress from time to time and saw various percents showing "Preparing to Install" and "Installing". However, it seemed like it was in a loop trying the same thing over and over again.

Finally, we decided to look at the Update History and saw three failed updates of 1709 with today's date, but with no "Reverting" error messages on the screen at all.

John Lucke and I stayed around till well after 5 pm to see if the 4th try would work. Unfortunately not.

I think we'll leave it at the present Windows version, 1703.

As Susan Bradley from Windows Secrets says:

I'm excited about the security features in 1709, but as I've said earlier, I don't want folks to install this release quite so soon. Let us work out the bugs a bit before installing.

• What to do: Hold back on installing 1709 at this time.

Ed.

At least one home upgrade to Win 1709 OK:

GOOD NEWS.

I clicked "Check for updates" last night on my home laptop and it finally did say "Feature update to Windows 10, version 1709" was ready. Yay!

But, 30 minutes later it had downloaded its files and was now stuck at "Preparing to Install -- 77%". I waited for over an hour, without any advance. Googling the problem shows that many installs see this nonsense and they advise just to wait.

I didn't kill the install, but closed the Windows Update window, then went back to it. We then saw "Preparing to Install" starting from 0% all over again. It crept up to 64%, then to 77% and 78%, 96% etc. and finally wanted to restart to finish. It was on the way! Then ages with "Do not turn your computer off". The install went through 2%, 4% etc. and finally rebooted to the login screen.

So, it all finally worked and I'm now on 1709.

Amazing,

Ed.

Meeting This Week:

Penrith Group - Saturday 4th Nov - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The meeting normally starts with a Q&A session around the table for members to share problems, advice and tips.

Afterwards, the group may consider any other topics of interest.

Meetings Next Week:

ASCCA Conference - Wednesday 8th Nov - 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
ASCCA Conference - Thursday 9th Nov - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Friday Forum - Friday 10th Nov - 9:30 am - 12 noon
Communications - Friday 10th Nov - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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ASCCA News:

ASCCA Conference Agenda:

See the draft agenda of the 19th Australian Computer Conference for Seniors, released 25.10.2017 (.5 MB file, attached).

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Tech Tips:

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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