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Windows could not complete the installation after update windows 10

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Windows 10.0.16299.19 upgrade failed and it gives the message: ” Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the installation. ” This error mostly occurs when there is a corruption in the installation file. Again if due to any reason PC using Audit Mode to install Windows which will cause this error. If you are also Getting this error ” windows 10 update could not complete the installation ” while installing or Upgrade to Windows 10 latest version, Here we have some effective solutions to get rid of this windows 10 could not complete the installation error. 

Issue: Windows 10 could not complete the installation after update

Today I am attempted to upgrade Windows 10 to version 10.0.16299.98 on my laptop. But While rebooting we get the error “Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the installation.”  The machine is now stuck in an endless reboot loop.




Enable The Hidden Administrator Account

When the error is prompted, press Shift+F10 key combination to bring Command Prompt.

Next, type MMC And hit Enter. Next Click File -> Add/Remove Snap-in (Or CTRL+M)

Add Remove Snap-in
Add Remove Snap-in

Select Computer Management (Double click and Finish on Local Computer) Click OK




Select Computer Management
Select Computer Management

Next Double click Computer Management (Local) -> System Tools -> Local Users and Groups -> Users -> Double Click Administrator ( on middle pane ) -> Uncheck Account is disabled -> OK

uncheck account is disabled
uncheck account is disabled

Now right click Administrator -> Set Password… -> Set a decent password to get started.
Now, restart. Should be good to go.

Run the Windows account creation wizard

If first option failed to fix the issue and still getting windows could not complete the installation error Try next solution below.
Again on Same error screen press Shift + F10 key together to bring up the command prompt.
type: CD C:\windows\system32\oobe
type msoobe And hit the enter key.

Windows account creation wizard
Windows account creation wizard

This should open up user account creation wizard, where you can set a user account (and more importantly its password). Once this is done, restart windows the issue should resolve finally.

Disable Audit mode

Some users suggest ( on Microsoft forum, Reddit ) Disable Audit mode help them to get rid of this windows could not complete the installation error. You can try to disable Audit mode by following steps below.

On Same Error screen Press Shift + F10 to open the command prompt. then type command sysprep /oobe /generalize and hit the enter key to execute the command and disable Audit mode. close command prompt and restart windows check on next start there is no more errors.




Disable Audit mode
Disable Audit mode

Perform Startup Repair

Some users report they getting windows could not complete the installation error message and shift f10 not working them. And they are unable to access command prompt to perform Above solutions. Solution For those users “windows could not complete the installation, shift f10 not working“. Simply Access Advanced options and perform Startup repair, Let windows to check and fix if any startup problem causing the issue. And also form Advanced options you can access the advanced command prompt option to perform Above solutions.

Windows Advanced Options
Windows Advanced Options

Some other solutions you may try Boot windows into safe mode where windows start with minimum system requirement and allow you to perform troubleshooting steps, fix errors which may cause windows to start normally. When windows start in safe mode open command prompt as administrator type command sfc /scannow and hit the enter key. This will check for corrupted system files. If found any SFC utility will restore them from a special folder located on %WinDir%\System32\dllcache. After that restart windows and check There is no more windows 10 update could not complete the installation error.

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These are some most effective solutions to fix windows could not complete the installation, windows 10 update could not complete the installation, shift f10 not working etc on windows 10, 8.1 and 7 computers. Still, have any query, a suggestion about this post feel free to discuss in comments below. Also, Read Tips and Tricks to Speed up Windows 10 Fall Creators update 2018.

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