Solved – Cumulative Update for Windows 10 KB3213986 Fail

Had a customer who’s computer was taking hours to start. The update would install automatically. When the user would shut down or restart the update would install which took an hour and requires a reboot. The machine when rebooting would take a long time to install the update. It would get to 100% run into an error and would have to uninstall the update.

Windows 10 doesn’t allow a user to not install updates. Suggestions said to run SFC /now in the command prompt as the administrator. For the scan came back with no errors.

I tried the Windows updater trouble-shooter tool, but this didn’t fix the issue. Here is the link I used.

This following YouTube video makes the suggestion to download the update and manually install it. A number of comments said this worked for them.

They link to the following page:

I installed the first update. Restarted machine.

There were two updates for this Cumulative Update. The main update and the Security update.

I installed the main update. It took a couple of hours. I tried to run the second update; however, it said I had the wrong version. The update packages came from the same page, so I assumed I just needed to restart.

The machine took 6 hours to restart. While restarting it said it was installing the updates do not restart. When it got to the end it said there was an error and un-installing the update.

The winner was to go into “Programs and Features”.  In the “Windows” updates area find the troubling KB and remove it.  Run the update manually and this should resolve that issue.

I hope this helps someone else out there….



Install Windows 10 without needing a Windows 10 Product Key

I have a Win 7 pro licensed version. I wanted to make the July 29, 2016 deadline for free upgrade to Win 10. I didn’t want to loose my Win 7 configured drive yet. I purchased a inexpensive 250 Gig Solid State Drive for $65.00.

I unplugged the old drive. Plug the new one in. Put the Downloaded ISO disk of Windows 10 in the blue-ray drive. It found the drive and started the boot on the DVD. I had to partition the drive and format. During the install I was asked for the product key and I input my Win 7 pro product key. That was it.

It took about 10 minutes to install. After that I booted it booted to Win 10 and all was good.

I hope this helps someone else out there…


Windows 10 download throwing error 8x800704DD – 0x90016

Here I am last minute trying to download and burn an ISO of Windows 10 before the free upgrade is over. I started the download of the MediaCreationTool. Looked like it was going to work fine, but I got the following error 8x800704DD – 0x90016



I am logged in as a user but ran the MediaCreationTool as an administrator.

Well that wasn’t good enough. I switched user to my Administrator account and everything download fine.

I hope this helps someone else out there…