How to check and repair Windows 10 before installing a major update

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All great structures are built upon solid foundations. The same can be said for computers. If the machine is running well and has no issues, it should run and update without issue. If you want to check and repair Windows 10 before installing a major update, here’s what you need to do.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is upon us and aside from a few issues with the installation, the majority of users are already enjoying the new features. If you want to be one of them, follow this guide.

Check and repair Windows 10 before installing a major update

Let us begin by checking for driver issues and errors. Then we can move on to Windows file integrity.

1. Type or paste ‘event’ into the Search Windows box.
2. Select Windows Logs from the left pane and check Application and System logs.
3. Address any issues you see until error logs stop appearing.
4. Right click the Windows Start button and select Device Manager.
5. Check for yellow warning triangles or red warnings next to devices and address them.
6. Upgrade all major device drivers such as graphics, sound, network and motherboard as appropriate.
7. Open a CMD window as an administrator.
8. Type or paste ‘sfc /scannow’. Let the process complete.
9. Let the process fix and corruptions or issues it finds and confirm any changes it might need.
10. Check event viewer once more for any new errors caused by these checks and repeat steps 1-3 if any new errors appear.

There is no such thing as a completely error free computer, but if no new or major errors appear it will be safe to proceed. Now you can perform the Windows 10 Anniversary Update from Windows Update in the Settings menu.

Windows 10 troubleshooting resources you may find useful:
How to fix Windows 10 kbdclass.sys errors
How to use Windows 10 Event Viewer
How to fix Windows 10 MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION errors