From the first versions of the operating system, the installation process is quite simple, there is no mystery. Just run the installation and follow the wizard to the end, until, after several minutes, we find the desktop. Except for serious errors, it is rare to encounter problems when installing Windows. Or so it was until the launch of Windows 10, when all kinds of errors began to appear (many of them even without justification), errors that prevent us from installing or updating the operating system on the PC.
Below we will see the most common errors of Windows 10 that we can find both when installing the operating system and when updating. Each of these errors has a way of solving it, which we will explain.
The number (and codes) of errors can be very varied. But, the most common and most common Windows 10 errors that affect users are the following.
This computer cannot run Windows 10
The error message “This computer cannot run Windows 10” is very common among Windows 7 and 8.1 users trying to upgrade to Windows 10. However, it may also appear to Windows 10 users trying to install the latest version of the OS.
There are many reasons why this error message may appear when installing Windows 10. And although Microsoft tries to explain the causes of the error in the message itself to try to solve it easily, in reality, it is such a generic error that it becomes complicated to fix it.
Below we will see the main errors that may appear when trying to install Windows 10 and how we can respond to each of them to try to solve them.
Problems determining if PC can run Windows 10
The first of the mistakes that we are going to talk about is this. This error message usually appears at the beginning of the operating system installation or upgrade wizard. Before starting the installation, the wizard performs a series of checks to determine that everything is correct. If so, continue with the installation. Otherwise, it will ask us to fix the errors before continuing.
This particular error message usually appears for 3 reasons:
- The PC does not meet the minimum requirements.
- We do not have enough space on the hard disk.
- The main C drive is not an active drive.
Therefore, the solutions are clear. The first thing we should do is make sure that we meet the minimum requirements to install the operating system without problems, that we have at least 20 or 30 GB of free space on the hard disk and that the main partition of the system is active.
The first two points are obvious, and we know how to fix them. The third is clear too, but it is a bit more complicated to solve. We must open the Windows 10 disk manager (or any program to manage partitions) and mark the main partition of the system as active by right-clicking on it.
After reviewing these 3 points, and solving the problems, we can continue with the installation of Windows 10 without problems. If another error message appears, this will be much more explanatory.
Specific errors when installing Windows 10
We cannot complete the updates. Undoing changes, do not turn off the equipment.
This error (may also appear as ” Error configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes “, is one of the most common when updating the operating system. It is a very generic error that does not return much information about it.
What we should do, in case we find it, is to go to the Windows Update update history, locate the update that has given problems and look for more information about the code that appears.
The update cannot be applied to your team.
Unlike the previous error, this is a much more identifying error. When this message appears, it practically always indicates that we do not have all the necessary updates installed to be able to install a specific patch.
To solve it, what we must do is run Windows Update to download all the pending updates that may be missing from our computer. Once done, we can reinstall the update, which will do it without problems.
If an error message appears with the code 0xC1900101 during the Windows 10 installation process, it is due to a problem with the computer’s drivers. Either because a driver is corrupt or incompatible with Windows 10, the wizard does not let us continue.
To solve this error, what we must do is run Windows Update several times to download the latest drivers and patches of the operating system, patches that will improve compatibility and end this problem. We can also check that our system is correct with the following CMD commands:
- chkdsk/f C
- DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
If not, then we must update the drivers ourselves. We can use a program to update the drivers to simplify the process, or search and download them manually, as we want.
Finally, if we have many external devices connected to the PC, we can disconnect to reduce the probability of these compatibility problems appearing.
This error means that there has been an error when downloading and installing the new update on our computer. This error is generally not our fault but is due to a connection failure with the Microsoft server.
To solve this problem, we simply have to wait a while and try again later, nothing more.
This error message tells us that we have installed on my computer a program that is not compatible with Windows 10. It can be any program, from a maintenance tool to antivirus, and even a game. We must make sure that everything that is installed is compatible and delete everything that is very old, out of date and giving us problems.
If the Windows 10 update process has failed, and we try again, this is the error message we’ll see. This error indicates that a cleaning operation of a previous installation attempt is pending and it is necessary to restart the computer to continue.
When restarting the computer, this error message should disappear. If not, we must use the Windows disk cleaner to remove traces of temporary and system files that may have been blocked and are causing the problems.
This error message appears when there is a Windows Update file that is corrupted and therefore causing problems with the operating system.
To solve it, we must repair the system by opening a CMD terminal (with Administrator permission) and executing the following command:
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
0xC1900200 / 0xC1900202
These two Windows 10 error messages indicate that the computer does not meet the minimum requirements to download and install Windows 10. There is nothing we can do about it, except updating our computer hardware to meet these minimum requirements.
This error message indicates that a driver, or some other type of software, is not compatible with the upgrade to Windows 10. We must investigate on our own who is responsible for removing it and continue.
This error appears when the update process was interrupted when logging off or restarting the computer while it was in the process.
Windows will automatically try to download and install Windows 10 again, but we must ensure that the computer is connected to the power and will not be turned off again.
If we are connected to a proxy or a VPN this error message will appear. This failure indicates that the system cannot connect to the Windows Update servers and, therefore, the update cannot be downloaded.
It may also mean that we do not have enough space on the reserved system partition to install the update. In this case, we will have to increase its size using third-party software.
This error code indicates that we do not have enough space on the hard disk to install the new version. We must ensure that we have at least 20-30 GB free to install Windows 10.
This error message shows us that the target hard disk, partition or volume where we want to install the operating system does not support a disk operation specified by the wizard. Usually, it is usually due to a failure with the minimum system requirements.
This error code is usually accompanied by the message “The system cannot find the specified file”. This error message appears when multiple hard drives are connected to the computer, and the system does not know exactly where to look for the installation files.
The way to solve this problem is to simply disconnect all the secondary hard drives or SSDs and leave only the one on which we are going to install Windows 10.
This error message indicates that there has been a problem with a driver. Almost always because of the antivirus that we have installed on the computer, which has blocked it.
To solve it, what we must do is uninstall the antivirus that we have installed on the computer, along with other security programs (anti-malware, anti-spyware, etc.) that may be affecting the performance of our PC.
This error message appears when the Windows installation ends unexpectedly because of a process that was running in the background. It may be due to antivirus, a monitoring or optimization program, or any other process.
What we should do is try to disable as many processes as we can from the computer’s startup so that the installation encounters as few problems as possible.
This error is similar. This indicates that the update was unexpectedly interrupted, but does not provide further data. It may be because of a background process, or for any other reason.
To try to solve this problem we must uninstall all the programs that may be aggressive with the update process (such as the antivirus) and try again.