Windows 10 Creators Update notes

Today I installed Windows 10 Creators Update on my laptop (ASUS ROG). It wasn’t as straightforward as I would have liked… I decided to keep notes, in case the same thing happens on any other computers or at the next Windows upgrade!

VeraCrypt / Advanced startup options

During the upgrade it rebooted and then displayed the advanced startup options (Continue, Troubleshoot, Turn off your PC). When I clicked Continue, it just booted into Windows as normal, aborting the upgrade.

To prevent this I had to fully decrypt the system drive in VeraCrypt, then run the upgrade, then re-encrypt it afterwards.

NVIDIA / Screen brightness

After the upgrade was complete the screen brightness was stuck on full, even though the on-screen indicator said it was on the lowest setting. I also couldn’t get the NVIDIA Control Panel to load — the icon was visible in the tray, and right-clicking showed the menu, but clicking the menu item did nothing.

I used Device Manager to find the display adapter model (GeForce GTX 980M) and downloaded the drivers from the NVIDIA website. (The “Automatically find drivers” option on their website didn’t work in Chrome because it requires Java.)

ASUS Smart Gesture / Touchpad scrolling

Two-finger scrolling was no longer working. This functionality is provided by ASUS Smart Gesture.

I tried to reinstall it, but got the error “Another version of this product is already installed”. I tried to repair it but got the error “The feature you are trying to use is on a network resource that is unavailable” (it was looking for a Temp directory that no longer exists). I tried to uninstall it but got the cryptic error “The specified account already exists”.

I followed links from Windows Installer CleanUp Utility and found this fixer utility which was finally able to remove it, so I could install the new version. I also had to disable inertial scrolling again and reboot.

7+ Taskbar Tweaker

7+ Taskbar Tweaker would no longer load and gave the error “Could not load library (104)”. I upgraded to the latest version.

VirtualBox

VirtualBox would no longer load, but no error was displayed. I upgraded to the latest version (though reinstalling it may be enough).

Vagrant

Upgrading VirtualBox meant I also had to upgrade Vagrant (“Vagrant has detected that you have a version of VirtualBox installed that is not supported”), and then upgrade all of the plugins (“The plugins failed to initialize correctly”):

vagrant plugin list vagrant plugin expunge --reinstall

However, the automatic upgrade failed (Unable to resolve dependency: user requested 'vagrant-vbguest (> 0)') and I had to reinstall them manually instead:

vagrant plugin install vagrant-cachier vagrant-hostmanager vagrant-triggers vagrant-vbguest

SharpKeys / Keyboard remapping

I use SharpKeys to remap Caps Lock to Escape and AltGr to the Windows key. After the upgrade, those mappings were removed from the registry. I re-created them and logged out & back in again.

Game bar

I had previously disabled the “Record with Game bar?” prompt, which is meant to appear when you press Win+G, but also appears when you press Win+Alt+G, which I have mapped to launch Gmail (using AutoHotKey).

To disable it, open the Xbox app, go to Settings > GameDVR and set it to “Off”.

Mail icon

A new and unwanted “Mail” icon was automatically pinned to the taskbar. I unpinned it.


Originally published at davejamesmiller.com on 28 May 2017.