Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22458 Install Problem

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Update (September 22, 2021): Microsoft released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22463 to the Dev Channel and there was a fix: “Fixed an issue that caused some PCs to bug check with DRIVER_PNP_WATCHDOG error when attempting to update to a recent build.” That fix solved this problem, also.

Update (September 20, 2021): I updated to build 22458 with an NTFS formatted external USB 3.0 hard disk attached. But after the successful update, I plugged a M.2 SSD into the same USB 3.0 bus that had a working 4TB USB 3.0 hard disk and got the same errors as I describe below. I switched back to the Beta channel and updated successfully to 22000.194 with the all external drives connected.

TL;DR Windows Insider Build 22458 and the previous two builds (22454 & 22449) won’t install with a connected external USB 3.0 drive that has an APFS partition and NTFS partition.

On September 15, 2021, Microsoft released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22458 to the Dev Channel. I had switched back to the Beta Channel (22000.184) because my attempts to install the two previous developer releases (22449 and 22454) failed.

I switched back to the Developer Channel to try the new build and 22458 started installing but after the reboot, I was back at 22000.184. The two external USB 3.0 drives that I had connected during installation caused the problem. Disconnecting the drives then letting Windows Update install 22458 worked. But connecting the external USB 3.0 drives caused the same problems as the two previous builds.

I had Disk Manager open as I connected the two drives and they would show up without drive letters, then the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse would disconnect. The drives would disappear and reappear from Disk Manager and the Bluetooth would reconnect. After disconnecting the external drives 22458 worked as expected. I rolled back to 22000.184

Since I have a 5TB internal disk drive on the system SATA controller, I finally realized that I should try an external USB 3.0 drive formatted only NTFS. This drive worked with 22458 with no problems, so I am concluding that 22458 and the previous two Developer builds don’t like drives with non NTFS partitions (though I have not tried any Linux file systems).

MacFUSE file system is not available Error

I try to keep up with the latest Windows and macOSs by participating in the Windows Insider Preview program and the Apple Developer Program. I run both of these OSs on a Macbook Pro Retina (mid-2012). As of today, that is Windows 10 Build 16232.1000 and macOS 10.13 beta 2 (17A291m).

A lot of the time, things don’t work because I am running beta OSs with released apps.

One of the recent problems I encountered with macOS High Sierra (17A291j) was a kernel panic when I was using Paragon NTFS for Mac 15 with Dropbox (v30.3.14). I don’t know if it’s a good idea, but my Dropbox directory for both Windows and Mac is the same directory on an NTFS volume. Every time I started Dropbox, I would get a kernel panic. I opened a support ticket with Paragon Software and a few days later they sent me a new version that had the same problem.

For interoperability between the two OSs, read/write capability really helps. In the macOS (High Sierra), NTFS read/write capability is not native. I was very happy with Paragon NTFS for Mac 15 until I started getting kernel panics. On the Windows side, I haven’t found something that will read the Apple File System (APFS) in macOS 10.13.

With earlier versions of MacOS, I had used the open source NTFS-3g. When Paragon NTFS for Mac 15 stopped working in my situation with Dropbox, I decided to try the commercial version of Tuxera’s NTFS for Mac. This seemed to work ok until I installed the macOS High Sierra Developer Beta 2 Update 1 (17A291m).

On booting macOS, I would get the error message:

Aligned I/O enabled.
CBCIO enabled.
/System/Library/Filesystems/fusefs_txantfs.fs//Support/10.9/tufs/tufsfs.kext failed to load -… check the system/kernel logs for errors or try kextutil(8).
the MacFUSE file system is not available (71)

I traced this error to Gatekeeper in macOS 10.13. After I allowed the software, Tuxera NTFS for Mac started working again.

Allow software from Tuxera in macOS System Preferences Security & Privacy Setting
Allow software from Tuxera in macOS System Preferences Security & Privacy Setting