Windows: Manual upgrade to a new feature version

Hi,

if you want to Update your Windows 10 installation to a new feature level, such as 1803, 1809… there are 3 possiblities.

1. Got to the Microsoft Windows 10 page and press update now. An Update program is being downloaded which updates your system. Note: The Media creation tool also provides an option to upgrade your computer.

2. Wait until Microsoft offers the new version over Windows Update.

Or, option

3. If you want to do it offline for multiple PCs: Upgrade your installation with a Windows 10 DVD. In the case you have an MSDN Account download it from there or use the Media creation tool to build an iso image.

Start Media creation tool

Start media creation tool

Tries to download, but its also working without an Internet connection

Media creation tool

Media creation tool license aggrement

Choose ISO Image

Media creation tool media selection

Select OS and language

Media creation tool os and language selection

To start the upgrade process copy the iso file to the pc should should receive the new version. Mount the the iso image via explorer.

Mount Windows ISO file

A new, virtual CD/DVD drive is created and the explorer open it.

Windows ISO Content

Executing setup.exe starts the upgrade process.

Setup 1st check

Setup license dialog

Setup start

Setup tries to get latest updates, but its also working without an Internet connection

Setup tries to get latest updates

Select what things to keep. Usually all.

Setup things to keep

And start upgrade

Setup ready to install

Setup.exe has several commandline options so it is possible to proceed a silent update.

This command line starts a silent/unattend Windows upgrade. In this example the ISO File is mounted at drive E:.

E:\> setup.exe /auto upgrade /DynamicUpdate disable /showoobe None /Telemetry Disable

You can hide the setup window with /quiet switch. To prevent Windows from rebooting add /noreboot.

Another option is to upgrade from a share. Copy the install.wim respectively install.esd file from Source folder of the DVD/ISO Image to a share, i.e. \\myServer\install\1809.
setup.exe needs to run the whole DVD content without the install.wim or install.esd file.

D:\> mkdir upgrade
D:\> cd upgrade
D:\Upgrade> robocopy /S E:\ D:\Upgrade /XF install.wim install.esd
D:\Upgrade> setup.exe /auto upgrade /DynamicUpdate disable /showoobe None /Telemetry Disable /installfrom \\myServer\install\1809\install.wim


Troubleshooting

Several logs were written during the update process. If the upgrade fails checkout these for further invetigation:

On successful update

C:\Windows\Panther\Setupact.log
C:\Windows\panther\setuperr.log
C:\Windows\inf\setupapi.app.log
C:\Windows\inf\setupapi.dev.log
C:\Windows\panther\PreGatherPnPList.log
C:\Windows\panther\PostApplyPnPList.log
C:\Windows\panther\miglog.xml

An error occurs during the 1st boot. The Folder C:\$Windows.~BT is hidden!

C:\$Windows.~BT\Sources\panther\setupact.log
C:\$Windows.~BT\Sources\panther\miglog.xml
C:\Windows\setupapi.log
C:\Windows\Logs\MoSetup\BlueBox.log

An error occurs during the 2nd boot

C:\Windows\panther\setupact.log
C:\Windows\panther\miglog.xml
C:\Windows\inf\setupapi.app.log
C:\Windows\inf\setupapi.dev.log
C:\Windows\panther\PreGatherPnPList.log
C:\Windows\panther\PostApplyPnPList.log
C:\Windows\memory.dmp

An error occurs during desktop restore

C:\$Windows.~BT\Sources\panther\setupact.log
C:\$Windows.~BT\Sources\panther\miglog.xml
C:\$Windows.~BT\sources\panther\setupapi\setupapi.dev.log
C:\$Windows.~BT\sources\panther\setupapi\setupapi.app.log
C:\Windows\memory.dmp

And error during rollback

C:\$Windows.~BT\Sources\Rollback\setupact.log
C:\$Windows.~BT\Sources\Rollback\setupact.err

Michael

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