Alright, it's been a long day with this festering pile of horse dung, and I'm going to share the journey!
In early february, I upgraded my system to windows 10. I didn't really want to, but I had purchased a rather expensive game controller, and needed to "upgrade" from windows 7 to make full use of the thing, because, of course, the software would only run on windows 10.
I got maybe 3 weeks of normal run time out of it before I ran into a constant stream of failed updates. These failed updates would be not only be constantly rebooting the machine, but increasing the boot time because it would try to start, try to update, fail, and consequently have to restart and then UNDO the attempted changes. Bringing start up time from about a minute to 5 minutes a piece, and restarting at least three times a day in an attempt to update.
While I was able to get some of them installed properly, it would routinely fail within a few days and start the process over again, and because it couldn't get in the cumulative updates, my system was falling farther and farther behind on supposedly necessary system and security updates. To make matter worse, the routine failures of the windows updater is a known problem to microsoft, who simply refuses to admit there's a problem. Consequently; the only help that exists for these failed updates is what the individual users can work out solutions and then share. Finally, I stopped caring, and stopped trying to fix it. It was stressing and frustrating for nothing. Thankfully, my internet isn't metered, because upwards of 2 gigs a day of downloading shit from microsoft would get expensive otherwise. That's right. It would redownload the update every single time it failed.
Skip ahead a bit. I'm gearing up for the addition of VR equipment to my system. I went and put "something like minecraft but with VR" into google, and discovered to my joy that the windows 10 edition of minecraft actually does support the three major styles of VR system. Awesome, being an early adopter of minecraft AND having maintained my mojang account, I was entitled to the windows 10 cut free. Hop onto the windows store (ugh. this stupid hugging thing never works.) to download and sure enough: minecraft fails to install off the windows store. Put the error code into google, and get told a couple of apparently common reasons it's screwing up and how to fix them. Run through them all making absolutely no difference. I cannot get the windows store to download the game I legitimately own, and there is absolutely no help to be found.
I reason it out a touch. It's possible that because my system is so far behind in system updates, that I can't download it. Alright, I need to update the system. So I look it up. Apparently, there is an update assistant to get people up to the last major edition. There's even three different ways to install it. So I get to work on it.
Go on, guess my results. Go on.
Exactly right. All three hugging ways FAIL! All of them get within 5% of done, and inevitably: fail. Sometimes there's an error code. Mostly not. Roll your dice, download it all again and pray, maybe swing a chicken carcass over your tower, cause voodoo makes about as much sense as this shit does.
I'm flat out downloading the ISO for the last major build now. I will burn it to disc, and do a full install that way. Thankfully, nothing but the games I wanted to be optimal and my programs are on the primary drive, the SSD. I'm not losing overly much or anything that can't be quickly replaced. Again: thankfully my internet isn't metered. I'm not looking forward to downloading fallout 4 again, or the nearly 200 mods I have for it, or reinstalling it all, but I just want this stupid, useless piece of shit to actually work RIGHT for once. I'd jump right back to windows 7 if I wasn't about to get an occulus rift.