Failed to Install Windows Insider Preview Build #18298

Presently I am on Windows 10 Insider Preview Build #18290.

The Windows Updates started downloading next preview version #18298. Once download was complete it automatically started installing it. The system rebooted and started undoing all the changes and reverted to the same old preview build.

So I started troubleshooting. I ran the in-built Windows Update troubleshooter and it came with no issues.

I deleted Software Updater things but it remained same.

I have sent my feedback to the Team.


Microsoft Surface Diagnostic Toolkit for Business (SDT)

The Microsoft Surface Diagnostic Toolkit for Business (SDT) enables IT administrators to quickly investigate, troubleshoot, and resolve hardware, software, and firmware issues with Surface devices. You can run a range of diagnostic tests and software repairs in addition to obtaining device health insights and guidance for resolving issues.

The following Surface devices are supported:

  • Surface Pro 6
  • Surface Laptop 2
  • Surface Go
  • Surface Go with LTE
  • Surface Book 2
  • Surface Pro with LTE Advanced (Model 1807)
  • Surface Pro (Model 1796)
  • Surface Laptop
  • Surface Studio
  • Surface Studio 2
  • Surface Book
  • Surface Pro 4
  • Surface 3 LTE
  • Surface 3
  • Surface Pro 3

You may also download Surface Tools for IT where SDT is included.

To know how to install check it here

Intel Audio Display Driver issue with Windows 10 version 1809


Intel released display driver (versions, in September.After updating to Windows 10, version 1809, audio playback may not function correctly on devices with these drivers.

How to determine if you have this Intel driver:

In Start Search type Device Manager.

2. Find and expand Display adapters.

3. Right-click on the Intel® HD Graphics device.

4. Select Properties.

5. Click the Driver tab.

6. Check your driver version. If you have either, or

Present status:

Microsoft is currently working on it to fix the issue. It is  blocking devices with these drivers from installing Windows 10, version 1809.


Uninstall the driver.


Let OS detect the hardware and install the compatible driver automatically.

Re-release of Windows 10 October 2018 Update

In early October, Microsoft paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update ( isolated reports of users missing files ). Microsoft has thoroughly investigated and resolved all related issues. Re-release of the October Update by making it available via media and to advanced users who seek to manually check for updates.


Windows 10 Strange Activation Issue


Users using Windows 10 Pro or, Windows 10 Enterprise may get the following error:

“Error: you are running Windows 10 Pro, but you have valid digital license for Windows 10 Home,” or one of the following error codes 0X803F8001, 0xC004C003.


Microsoft is working on it. However, the watermark will appear until activation is restored. Users report that Windows activation troubleshooter might say You have a Windows 10 Home license but you are running Windows 10 Pro. You are advised to ignore that message and wait for the fix.


Running Windows Defender in A Sandbox

The built-in antivirus capabilities on Windows can now run within a sandbox.

How to enable:

Sandboxing implementation  can be enabled by running the following command setx /M MP_FORCE_USE_SANDBOX 1 and restarting the machine. This is currently supported on Windows 10, version 1703 or later.

To know more go through this article.