Can't Install Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on NVMe SSD

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Can't install Fall Creators Update for Windows 10? Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is hit by a new bug that prevents installation, especially for devices with Intel's X299 chipset and an NVMe SSD drive. Read this post about the issue and learn the possible solution and useful suggestions now.

What Is Fall Creators Update

On October 17, 2017, Microsoft rolls out a brand new Window 10 update which is called "Fall Creators Update" and the version is 1709. This update is the fourth major update for Windows 10 since the original launch in July 2015, offering a whole new set of features and enhancements to users, extending the creativity and productivity with immersive new realities, close people connections, 3D storytelling and cross-device experiences.

Fail to Install Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Because of so outstanding advantages of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, computer users worldwide start to download this new update. Relatively, the update process is smooth and no widespread error or bug occurs. However, for such a massive update to 400 million devices around the world, it is hard to avoid some mistakes and perhaps the consequences are serious.

In Microsoft's official community, some users report that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is not able to complete, which happens in many cases. Thereinto, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update won't install on a PC with Intel's X299 chipset and an NVMe SSD drive, is typical.

In fact, this update can download successfully, but, an error message will pop up when booting PC during the update installation. Finally, the installation is failing. Besides, this issue has an influence on PCs with Gigabyte, Asus and MSI motherboards.

Is It Possible to Fix Can't Install Fall Creators Update

If you also cannot install Windows Fall Creators Update on the PC using X299 chipset and NVMe SSD, what should you do to solve this issue? Is it possible to fix it?

Let's see two typical examples from users' feedbacks:
"When Fall Creators Update reached 22%, my computer restarts, suddenly, the start page showed ‘Bl Initialization failed 0xc00000bb'. I tried to reset my SSD(Kingston) but couldn't".

"In the beginning, my SSD is locked up. Then I unlocked with CMD command line, suddenly it completely disappeared from Windows. I reset everything, but Windows told me there was a mistake".

From these two examples, you know it is difficult to find the solution. As for failing to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update issue, Microsoft has informed that it is aware of the reported problem and the company is currently working with the manufacturers and will give a solution soon. But it is not clear how long it would take to fix the issue. Thus, the users involved will have to sit tight.

At the present stage, the only solution is to use an individual ISO image to reinstall the system, which will lead to the beginning of everything, of course. Obviously, it is considerably more troublesome than a simple in-place update. Besides, for the situation that SSD is locked up and finally disappears, there is no solution tentatively.

Incidentally, in addition to can't install Fall Creators Update issue on an NVMe SSD, if you are encountering other upgrade problems including media creation tool problem, damaged or missing file problem, compatibility problem and more, read this guide Windows 10 Fall Creators Update problems: how to fix them. Hope it can help you.

Suggestions of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

As to the newest Windows 10 update, there are several things you should pay attention to. Here, we will walk you through some necessary suggestions.

Make a Backup to Protect Your PC

Before you begin a Windows update, you had better make a backup for your computer, including backing up system or disk. Once any update problem comes up, the image file can be used to restore your computer to an earlier date. Suppose that you fail to install Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and you also have an image, just use it to do a restoration. However, many of you don't form a habit of backing up a computer. Now, if you haven't yet installed a Windows 10 version 1703 update, just create a backup for your PC.

MiniTool ShadowMaker

Which tool can you use to make the backup? Commonly, a piece of third-party backup & recovery software will be chosen. On the internet, there are many programs for you to choose. Here, we recommend using MiniTool ShadowMaker that is developed by MiniTool Solution Ltd. It can be used to back up your system, partition, and disk. Besides, automatic backup, incremental backup, and differential backup are supported. Just get its Free Edition for a try.

Let's see how this backup software works:
Step 1: After the installation of MiniTool ShadowMaker Free Edition, just launch it. Next, a small window will appear to tell you to choose one computer to manage. Here, we click the Connect button in This Computer section.

Note: Some of you may need to manage another computer in the same LAN by remote control. Here, MiniTool ShadowMaker Free Edition 1.0 doesn't support it, but the Beta 3.0 is available to back up another PC by inputting the corresponding IP. Just get it.

Step 2: Go to the Backup page, choose the backup source and destination by clicking the corresponding section.

Tips:

1. MiniTool ShadowMaker Free Edition will back up the system partitions by default. If you want to create a backup for the system disk, please enter Source section and check all partitions on the system disk you have selected.

2. As to the backup destination, generally, we advise you to choose an external hard drive, which is relatively safer.

Step 3: After finishing the selections of the backup source and backup destination, go back to Backup tab. Then, click Back up Now button. And MiniTool ShadowMaker will go to Manage page to begin the backup.

In this interface, perhaps you are curious about Schedule, Scheme and Options feature.

1. To be specific, Schedule is designed to create an automatic backup as long as you enable this feature to make a setting including Daily, Weekly, and Monthly in MiniTool ShadowMaker Free Edition. (On Event is included in Beta 3.0.) Besides, this feature adopts incremental backup by default.

2. Scheme can help you to manage disk space by choosing one backup scheme. Note that the Free Edition 1.0 of this program only supports Incremental mode but Beat 3.0 contains Full and Differential scheme.

3. Options feature enables you to make some advanced settings for your backup, for example, Image Creation Mode, File Size, Compression, Comment and so forth.

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How to Use the Backup Image for a Restoration

If you have created a system or disk backup before Windows 10 version 1709 update, and then can't install Fall Creators Update, you can use the image file can be used to do a restoration and let your PC go back to the previous version.

As to system recovery or system disk recovery, MiniTool ShadowMaker only allows you to enter WinPE to perform one. Just create a bootable disc including CD/DVD or USB flash drive before an update and boot your computer. Then, enter MiniTool ShadowMaker main interface, start the restoration now.

Step 1: Navigate to Restore tab, choose the task you need to restore, click Restore button.

Note: You may find the drive letter in WinPE is different from what it is actually. Just identify the backup image carefully.

Step 2: Select one backup version.

Step 3: Then, in the following interface, you can see all partitions in the selected backup file are listed. Please check all of them. Note that MBR and Track 0 is vital for booting system, thus, check it necessarily.

Step 4: You should select one target disk for the restoration. Here, you can choose to restore the system disk image to the original place when can't install Fall Creator Update issue or other update problems appear.

After clicking Next button, a small window appears, telling you which partitions will be overwritten during the restoration.

Step 5: Wait for a few minutes patiently, and then the recovery operation will be completed successfully.

Once you fail to install Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, after the system recovery or disk restoration, your PC can run as normal as it is.

MiniTool Partition Wizard

In addition to creating an image backup, you can choose another backup method – disk cloning. Fortunately, MiniTool ShadowMaker provides you with Clone Disk feature which is specially designed to clone a hard disk to another disk for a backup. Just free download its Free Edition now and enter Tools page to choose this feature for a try.

For more information, read this guide How to Clone a Hard Drive to SSD in Windows 10/8/7

Besides, another PC backup software – MiniTool Partition Wizard is also available to back up your PC by disk cloning. When you encounter Windows 10 update problem like can't install Fall Creators Update, the destination disk can be utilized to boot your computer to the normal status. First and foremost, get MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition on your computer.

Step 1: Run this free tool on your PC to the main interface. Then, Click Migrate OS to SSD/HD in the toolbar. (Here Copy Disk is also suitable.)

Step 2: There are two migration methods for your choice. Here, we suggest selecting A which is suitable to copy all the partitions on system disk to another hard disk.

Step 3: Choose a hard disk to migrate OS to. Note that the cloning process will delete all data on the target disk.

Step 4: Check one copy option. For system disk migration, Use GUID Partition Table for the target disk feature is only included in MiniTool Partition Wizard Professional or other advanced edition.

Step 5: This free backup software will inform you how to boot PC from the new disk.

Step 6: Apply all these changes.

After a disk cloning, if Windows 10 Fall Creators Update won't install on the PC with Intel's X299 chipset and an NVMe SSD, the disk with a system copy you have made before the update can be used to boot your computer to its normal state. Hence, it is worth cloning system disk to another hard drive.

Tentatively Do Not Install Fall Creators Update

If you don't have a backup for your computer and you are using a computer with Intel's X299 chipset and an NVMe SSD, we strongly recommend not upgrading to Windows 10 Version 1709 tentatively. Otherwise, you can't install Fall Creators Update and you can only choose to make a clean OS reinstallation, which is the thing that nobody hopes to happen. Just sit tight.

Some of you are not using the PC with X299 chipset and NVMe SSD, and have upgraded successfully to Windows 10 version 1709 but find it is not as expected. Under this circumstance, you can choose to uninstall Windows update. Read this post Four Methods Will Help You to Uninstall Windows 10 Update.

Conclusion

In this post, we walk you through what Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is, one typical bug – can't install Fall Creators Update on the PC with X299 chipset and an NVMe SSD, the only one solution – reinstall OS and some suggestions about Windows version 1709 update. You know, backing up the computer is a necessary thing before a Windows update. And we show you two pieces of backup software – MiniTool ShadowMaker and MiniTool Partition Wizard. If you have a backup, once you fail to install Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the computer can be restored to the previous version. This is wonderful.

If you have any questions about our programs or any suggestions of Windows 10 version 1709 update, don't hesitate to tell us. Just leave your comment in the following area or send the feedback to support@minitool.com.