Windows Mobile Device Center does not work after applying the Creator update (1703 or 1709)

Support Article No. 22996
Latest updated: 5/4/2017

ISSUE:

Since applying the Windows 10 Spring or Fall Creator update on your Windows 10 computer,  the Windows Mobile Device Center fails to launch upon connecting your Handheld device..
This applies to  computers running Windows 10 with either:
a) The Spring Creator Update (1703 OS Build:15063.729) released by Microsoft on 4/11/2017 
b) The Fall Creator Update (1709 OS Build:16299.64) released on 10/17/2017.

WARNING:

Accessing the Registry can potentially cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your Windows Operating System. Always make a backup of the Windows Registry before you modify any settings or prior to running this application.

RESOLUTION:

This work around utilizes a series of batch files & registry key additions to enable the functionallity of the
Windows Mobile Device Center. on a Windows 10 PC running either the Spring Creator Update (1703 OS Build:15063.729) released by Microsoft on 4/11/2017 or the Fall Creator Update (1709 OS Build:16299.64) released on 10/17/2017.
ATTENTION: You will need to run Start.bat as an Administrator to ensure proper installation of this fix.

To begin, download the archived file below. Once downloaded:
1. Extract the HandheldWMDCFix.zip file to the root of C: - Example:( C:\HandheldWMDCFix )
2. View the Readme.txt file in C:\HandheldWMDCFix prior to installing the fix.
3. Run Start.bat in C:\HandheldWMDCFix to begin the installation.

Once the installation is complete, ensure you have restarted your computer. You are now able to utilze the Windows Mobile Device Center to sync your Handheld device.