The Windows 10 April 2018 Update is now rolling out to devices around the world. If you are one of those people who received it, you might have noticed something strange about your computer. You might see a notification like the one shown above.
If you do receive such a notification, you probably want to know what it means. Luckily, we have some tips that can help you understand what exactly this error means, and why it appears.
What Does the Notification Mean?
This error happens because the update requires certain features to be installed on your PC. However, your PC doesn’t meet the requirements needed to install the update. As a result, the system checks if you have downloaded the latest version of KB3035583. If you don’t have it, it tells you that you need to download it.
You can find KB3035583 here.
Why Do I See the Notification?
There could be many reasons behind seeing this notification. For example, you might have been installing third-party software during the installation process. Or, you might have uninstalled the previous version of the update without properly uninstalling it.
1. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter
Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system includes a built-in troubleshooting tool called “Windows Update.” You can use this tool to check if there are any updates for your PC. To do this, follow these steps:
Step 2: Select either Download Recommended Updates Automatically or Download Optional Updates Automatically.
Step 3: After downloading the updates, restart your PC.
If you’re still having problems, try running the Windows Update Troubleshooting Tool again.
2. Rename the Software Distribution Folder
If you want to download the latest software updates without having to connect to the Internet, you’ll need to rename the “SoftwareDistribution” folder. You can do it manually by opening up Explorer and navigating to the following location: %SystemRoot%\SoftwareDistribution\. If you’re running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you might see something like this: \Windows\SoftwareDistribution\.
You can also use PowerShell to automate the process. Open up a command prompt window and navigate to the directory where you keep your installation media files. Then run the following commands:
rename “SoftwareDistribution” “SoftwareDistribution_old”
The above steps will prevent you from accessing the latest updates unless you reconnect to the Internet.
3. Restart Windows Update Service
Windows 10 includes a built-in tool called Windows Update that allows you to download and install security patches automatically. If you want to manually update your computer, there are several different ways to do it. Let’s take a look at how to restart the Windows Update service.
To start the Windows Update service, open the Start menu and type “services.” Click Services and find the name of the service you want to stop or start. Right-click the service name and select Properties. In the dialog box, locate the Startup Type field and change it to Automatic. Then click OK. This will cause Windows to check for updates every day. You’ll see a notification about the automatic update process in the Action Center.
If you don’t want to use Windows Update, you can turn off the feature entirely. Press Win+R, type msconfig into the Run dialogue box, and press Enter. Select the Startup tab and uncheck Windows Update. Click Apply and then Ok to save your changes.
You can also restart the Windows Update service by opening the Start menu and typing “Services,” pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc, and selecting the Windows Update icon. Click Restart.
4. Examine the System Files to Ensure There Are No Inconsistencies
Scanning for inconsistencies is an essential part of keeping your computer running smoothly. If you notice anything suspicious, it’s best to run Disk Cleanup and File History to ensure that everything is backed up properly. You can use Windows Backup to make sure that you don’t lose any data.
Malware and viruses can corrupt the system files, causing errors and crashes. To prevent further damage, scan your PC regularly for malware and viruses. This includes checking for spyware and adware, and scanning for rootkits. Run the SFC command to check for corrupted system files, and DISMG to repair them.
Running the SFC and DISM commands together ensures that all damaged files are repaired. You can do this manually by opening Command Prompt and typing in either one of those commands. Or, you can let Microsoft take care of it automatically. Then follow the instructions there to fix any problems.
5. Reinstall Windows Updates
Microsoft recommends that you reinstall Windows 10 security patches to resolve some common problems. If you are experiencing one of the following problems, follow the instructions listed below to reinstall the latest Windows updates.
• You cannot sign into Windows.
• Your PC does not start up properly.
• You see error messages while trying to boot your computer.
• You receive error codes when you try to install updates.
If you experience any of these symptoms, we recommend that you rerun the Windows Update troubleshooter. Then, follow the steps below to complete the troubleshooter.
6. Use Windows Update Assistant
The Windows Update Assistant tool is a simple way to keep your computer up to date without having to go into the settings menu every day. You simply open the program and follow the instructions. Once you are done, close the program and it will automatically download and install the latest updates for your operating system. If you want to know how to do this manually, read our guide here.
Keep Your System Updated
Microsoft announced today that it has pushed out a patch for the Meltdown vulnerability. This is the second major security flaw discovered within the past month. While there is no evidence that hackers have exploited the flaws, the vulnerabilities could allow attackers to gain access to sensitive information stored on devices running Windows 7, 8, and 10.
The Meltdown bug affects chips manufactured by Intel and AMD. It allows malicious software to read data belonging to other programs without permission. The issue is present in almost every modern computer operating system. However, the severity of the problem varies depending on how old the device is.
Windows 7 and 8 users are advised to install the patches immediately. If you cannot do so, consider upgrading to Windows 10. Users can check whether their systems are vulnerable by following the instructions here.
If you find yourself unable to update, you can download the latest version of Windows directly from Microsoft. You can use the link here.
In addition to updating your OS, make sure you keep your system up to date with the latest versions of Adobe Flash Player and Java. These apps are often targeted by cybercriminals because they contain critical bugs.
Finally, you should report any issues you encounter to Microsoft support officials.
Frequently Asked Questions
Windows Update Functions?
Windows Update repairs Microsoft products like Internet Explorer, Office, and Windows. It updates downloaded or self-installed apps.
Checking for updates how often?
Check updates weekly. Check for updates every day or two if you use an automatic updating system like Microsoft Update.