Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Possible Solutions for windows 10 install problems Upgrade and activation errors

Windows 10 was made available on July 29 and since then millions of people have been upgrading. Microsoft has made it very easy to upgrade by letting users reserve their free copy of Windows 10 using the app or by grabbing the ISO files to perform a clean installation of the operating system. Microsoft has claimed that Windows 10 is now running on more than 14 million devices already. While for many the upgrade to windows 10 may been a smooth affair. Many may have faced issues during upgrade, windows 10 install problems or even while activating the Windows. Here we collected some common errors being faced by users while upgrading, installing and activating Windows 10 on their devices, their cause and possible fixes.

windows 10 install problems upgrade and Activation errors

Note : These are common upgrade and installation errors. And a few things you can try to fix the problems. If you continue having problems upgrading or installing Windows 10, contact Microsoft support.

Keep Updating Windows to avoid errors during upgrade

The message error: The update isn’t applicable to your computer, means that your computer does not have the required updates. In the case, make sure you’re running the latest version of the operating system. To upgrade to Windows 10. Windows 7 should have Service Pack 1 installed and Windows 8 must be running Windows 8.1 Update.
If you don’t know which version of Windows you’re running, open the Run command, and type Winver, and hit Enter.

Error We Couldn’t Install Windows 10 0xC1900101- 0x30018 

Incompatible hardware and software are the leading cause of Windows 10 upgrade problems. Microsoft’s tools are supposed to tell you when you have a piece of software or hardware that won’t work in Windows 10, which they do. Unfortunately, it appears the tools don’t do a great job of predicting what apps will cause problems with the upgrade itself. One of these problems is Error Code 0xC1900101 – 0x30018, and it’s usually accompanied by the message, “We Couldn’t Install Windows 10.”

Also Read minimum System Requirement for windows 10


Microsoft says this is caused by an incompatible driver or security software. To fix the issue you first have to wait until your PC has returned to its previous version of Windows, which it’ll do automatically. Next the company recommends turning off your antivirus software, wireless internet, and any unnecessary extra devices.

Next you need to open the Command Prompt (Admin) app and type sfc /scannow to insure there aren’t any damaged hardware drivers on your device.

Windows 10 Upgrade Error Code 0x800F0923

This error might mean that a driver or other software on your PC isn’t compatible with the upgrade to Windows 10. For info about how to fix this problem, contact Microsoft support.

Fixing message 80240020

So you tried the force upgrade method for downloading Windows 10 free upgrade? It worked well for downloading, but once download was finished, you were dreaded with error 80240020 in Windows Update?

Fixing message 80240020

According a Microsoft, the error message 80240020 is expected when the installation requires user interaction. But it’s worth to note that the error message isn’t a problem. In fact, there is not an issue with your reservation or upgrade download. Furthermore, the upgrade download is not corrupt as many have noted. When it is your turn to upgrade to Windows 10, you’ll be notified.

While Microsoft recommends to sit tight and wait until Windows 10 is ready to install. If you can’t wait, you can modify a registry key to install Windows 10 immediately.

Fix windows 10 install problems Using windows Registry

Warning: Make sure you understand that modifying the registry in Windows can be dangerous. It’s assumed that you know what you’re doing, and you have created a full backup of your computer prior using the following instructions.

Open Windows Registry editor and Locate the fallowing key:

The key should exist, but if it doesn’t, you’ll need to create it Create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value with Name = “AllowOSUpgrade” (without the quotes), and set the Value = 0x00000001

allow-OS-upgrade After modifying the registry, close and go back to the Control Panel, go to Windows Update and check for new updates. Now, you should be able to see and click the Get Started button to upgrade to Windows 10.

This method documented by Microsoft should work Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. However, it’s important to mention that Windows 8.1 users must also use Control Panel, and not the modern PC settings to complete the process.

Fixing message 0x80200056

Now, when you see the error code 0x80200056, it means that the upgrade process was interrupted because the computer accidentally rebooted or the user account was signed out. To fix this issue, simply try to upgrade again, but make sure the computer is plugged in securely to stay on throughout the process.

Here are some methods to fix this update error code 0x80200056

Method 1: If you accidently signed out of your PC or restarted it during the upgrade process.To avoid another accidental restart, you have to make sure that your laptop or computer is plugged in. Turn on your system and close the entire needless program. And Try to start the upgrade process again.
Method 2: The given solution will apply if the third party software interference, date and time change or there is any corrupted file on your system as these all are the general causes of the error code.

• First click on “Start” button and select “CMD” option.
• After then click on “Command Prompt” and select “Run as Administrator”.
• In command prompt, paste the command “bitsadmin.exe/reset/allusers” and press Enter.
• Restart you system and again start the upgrade process.

Fixing Error message 0x800F0922

This error might mean that your PC couldn’t connect to the Windows Update servers. If you’re using a VPN connection to connect to a work network, disconnect from the network and turn off the VPN software (if applicable), and try upgrading again.

The error could also mean there isn’t enough free space in the System Reserved partition. You might be able to fix this problem by using third-party software to increase the size of the System Reserved partition.

Error: We couldn’t complete the updates. Undoing changes. Don’t turn off your computer.

Error: Failure configuring Windows Updates. Reverting changes.

These are generic errors that might appear any time a Windows update fails. You’ll need to determine the specific error code to investigate how to best resolve this problem.

You can find the error code for the failed update by viewing your update history. Look for the update that wasn’t installed, note the error code, and then contact Microsoft support.

To view your update history in Windows 8.1:

Open Windows Update by swiping in from the right edge of the screen (or, if you’re using a mouse, pointing to the lower-right corner of the screen and moving the mouse pointer up), Selecting Settings, choosing Change PC settings, and then selecting Update and recovery.

Select View your update history.

To view your update history in Windows 7:

Select the Start button. In the search box, type Update, and then, in the list of results, Select Windows Update.

Click View update history.

Fixing Error code 0x800F0923

If you get the error 0x800F0923, it’s likely that a specific driver or software is not compatible to upgrade to Windows 10. In this case, you want to open the “Get Windows 10” app, click the hamburger menu button, click on Check your PC, and identify which driver or software isn’t compatible.

Error Code 0x80073712

This error might mean that a file needed by Windows Update is damaged or missing.

Error: The update isn’t applicable to your computer.

This error might mean that your PC doesn’t have the required updates installed. Check to make sure that all important updates are installed on your PC before you try upgrading.

Code 0xC1900208 – 0x4000C

This error might mean that an incompatible app installed on your PC is blocking the upgrade process from completing. Check to make sure that any incompatible apps are uninstalled and then try upgrading again.

Code 0xC1900200 – 0x20008

This error might mean that your PC doesn’t meet the minimum requirements to download or install the upgrade to Windows 10.

Windows 10 activation errors & their fixes:

Also Read : Can’t activate Windows 10? Microsoft adds troubleshooter to resolve common Issues

Windows 10 isn’t activated after upgrading for free from Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update

Windows 10 activation errors

If you upgraded to Windows 10 for free and ended up in a non-activated state, try following these steps:

Go to Start Start button icon, then select Settings > Update & security > Activation.
Select Go to Store, and check to see if a valid license is available for your device. If a valid license isn’t available, you’ll need to buy Windows from the Store. This only applies if you haven’t made any hardware changes to your device.

If you don’t see the Go to Store button on the Activation page, contact your organization’s support person.

Also Try the Activation Troubleshooter to fix Activation Related problems

A security error occurred. (Error code: 0x80072F8F)

You might see this error if the PC’s date and time are incorrect or Windows is having trouble connecting to the online activation service and can’t verify your product key.

To verify your PC’s date and time, follow these steps:

Go to Start Start button icon, then select Settings > Time & language > Date & time
Check to make sure your PC is using the correct date and time.

To check your Internet connection, follow these steps:

Enter network troubleshooter in the search box on the taskbar, and then select Identify and repair network problems.

Follow the instructions on the screen to fix any problems with your network.

If the network troubleshooter didn’t find any problems with your network connection, try restarting your PC to see if that fixes the problem.

Genuine Validation detected tampered Windows binaries. (Error code: 0xC004C4AE)

You might see this error if you used a third-party app to add a display language that isn’t currently supported by Windows. To fix the problem, you can restore your PC to an earlier point in time to undo the changes that were made to Windows. For more info, see Recovery options in Windows 10.

If this doesn’t fix the problem, it’s possible that your copy of Windows isn’t valid and you’ll need to buy a new copy.

The Software Licensing Service determined that this specified product key can only be used for upgrading, not for clean installations. (Error code: 0xC004F061)

You might see this error if a previous version of Windows wasn’t installed on your PC before you tried using a product key to upgrade to Windows 10. In order to upgrade, you need to have Windows 8 or Windows 7 already on your PC. For more info, see Why can’t I activate Windows 10?

A networking problem has occurred while activating your copy of Windows. (Error code: 0xC004FC03)

You might see this error if you’re not connected to the Internet or your firewall settings are preventing Windows from completing the activation process online. Check to make sure you’re connected to the Internet and your firewall isn’t blocking Windows from activating. If you’re still having problems, you can try activating Windows by phone.

The activation server reported that the product key has exceeded its unlock limit. (Error code: 0xC004C008)

You might see this error if the product key has already been used on another PC, or it’s being used on more PCs than the Microsoft Software License Terms allow. To fix the problem, you’ll need to buy a product key for each one of your PCs to activate Windows on them.

You can buy a new product key from the Windows Store or a participating retailer. To buy a product key from the Store:

Go to Start Start button icon, then select Settings > Update & security > Activation.
Select Go to Store, and then follow the instructions to buy Windows.

If you don’t see the Go to Store button on the Activation page, contact your organization’s support person.

This product key didn’t work. (Error code: 0xC004C003)

This product key didn’t work

You might also see this error if you’re using an invalid product key. You’ll need to buy a new product key, or if you bought a PC with Windows preinstalled, contact the PC manufacturer for the original key.

The activation server reported that the Multiple Activation Key has exceeded its limit. (Error code: 0xC004C020)

This error occurs when a Volume License has been used on more PCs than the Microsoft Software License Terms allow. To fix the problem, you might need to use a different product key to activate your PC. Contact your organization’s support person for more info.

The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect. (Error code: 0x8007007B)

You might see this error if you’re trying to activate your work PC but aren’t connected to your workplace’s network. If you’re connected to your work network and still see this error, you might need to change your network settings. Contact your organization’s support person for more info.

If your organization doesn’t have a support person, you might need to enter your product key again. Follow these steps:

Go to Start Start button icon, then select Settings > Update & security > Activation.
Select Change product key, and then enter your 25-character product key.

Administrator permission required You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.

The Software Licensing Service reported that the license evaluation failed. (Error code: 0xC004E003)

You might see this error after installing third-party software that changed system files. Windows activation needs certain system files to complete activation. You can try to restore your PC’s system files back to an earlier point in time. This will remove any software you installed after that point in time without affecting your personal files. For more info, see the section about restoring from a system restore point in Recovery options in Windows 10.

Unspecified error. (Error code: 0x80004005)

If you see this error, go to Start Start button icon, then select Settings > Update & security > Activation, and then select Activate Windows to try and manually activate Windows. If that doesn’t work, you might need to reset your PC. For more info, see Recovery options in Windows 10.

Black Screen After Updating

Some users taking advantage of the Windows 10 Upgrade are finding that after the upgrade has finished their device just gives them a black screen and won’t start.

Microsoft is still working on a fix for this, but there isn’t a way to avoid it right now. Worse, it seems that the issue is happening on multiple PC configurations. For now, we can only suggest using the back up utilities that came with your device and creating some external media back up before you start the upgrade in case this happens. If this happens and you live near a Microsoft Store, make an appointment with them to have your device looked at if you run into the issue. Some, reports, (like those from our comments) indicate that de-activating virus programs before performing the upgrade prevents this issue.  How To Troubleshoot black screen problems on windows 10 

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