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Many users have been reporting some errors and different problems while trying to upgrade, some of these issues involve not being able to install Windows 10. Others simply are not seeing the upgrade and many users are also reporting issues activating the operating system after a clean install, and a variety of other issues.
Today we’ll go through some of the Windows 10 upgrade and installation errors and how you can try to fix them. Also, we’ll go through a few of the best practices to minimize the number of issues for a successful upgrade to Windows 10 no matter from what version of the operating system you’re upgrading from.
A file needed by Windows Update is likely damaged or missing.
This might indicate 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.
This could mean that the upgrade process was interrupted because you accidentally restarted your PC or signed out of your PC. Try upgrading again and make sure your PC is plugged in and stays turned on.
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.
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.
0xC1900208 – 0x4000C
This could indicate 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.
0xC1900200 – 0x20008
0xC1900202 – 0x20008
This may signify that your PC doesn’t meet the minimum requirements to download or install the upgrade to Windows 10.
0x80070070 – 0x50011
0x80070070 – 0x50012
0x80070070 – 0x60000
This likely indicates that your PC doesn’t have enough space available to install the upgrade. Free some space on the drive and try again.
Fixing failure to upgrade to Windows 10
Users trying to upgrade may also run into situations where they see error messages such as: “Error: We couldn’t complete the updates. Undoing changes. Don’t turn off your computer.” Or “Error: Failure configuring Windows Updates. Reverting changes.”
When you see these type of messages, it can be a somewhat hard to figure out what went wrong because these are generic errors that may appear at any time during the installation of an update. However, you can find the specific error by going to Control Panel > All Control Panel ItemsWindows UpdateView update history. Then double-click the update with the Failed status, to view the error details.