Windows 10 got a very warm welcome from users and millions of people have upgraded their OS.

Microsoft has made it easy to upgrade by allowing the user to get the free copy of Windows 10 by app or using the ISO files just to perform the clean installation. But not everyone had the smooth upgrade. After upgrading user have reported few errors and issues while upgrading it and some the issue include not able to install Windows 10.

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Microsoft has been working to make sure that Windows 10 is bug-free. Today here you will learn how to fix Windows 10 upgrade and installation errors.

Windows 10 Most Common Upgrade Errors

Fix error message 80240020

As upgraded has rolled out many user started upgrading computers gradually, but many user found them stopped by error 80240020.

error message 80240020

As per Microsoft, the error message 80240020 occurs when installation need user interaction. But this error isn’t a problem. There isn’t any issue with your reservation neither upgrades nor is it corrupted. Microsoft wants you to sit tight and wait till Windows 10 is ready but if you can’t wait then modify the registry key to install Windows 10.

Warning: Ensure that modifying the registry can be dangerous. It’s advised to perform this only if you have complete knowledge and create a full backup of your computer using the given instructions.

  • Locate registry key:[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade]
  • The key should exist there, but if it doesn’t then you need to create it.
  • Create new DWORD (32-bit) Value with a name = “AllowOSUpgrade” (without quotes), and set Value = 0x00000001

After you have modified the registry, close and move back to Control Panel, move to Windows Update and look for new updates. Now hit on Get Started button to upgrade.

This method is given by Microsoft which should work with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 users also need to use Control Panel, and not other PC settings to complete the process.

Fix error message 0x80200056

Now if you find error code 0x80200056, it means that your upgrade process was interrupted it can because your computer accidentally rebooted or user account wasn’t signed in. In order to fix the issue try to upgrade again, but ensure that your computer is plugged in securely to go throughout the up-gradation process.

Fix error message 0x800F0922

As per Microsofterror 0x800F0922 generally occurs when there isn’t enough free space. To fix the issue, you’ll need to increase the size of System Reserved partition.

This error even appears when your computer isn’t connected to Windows Update servers.  So make sure that Windows Update is enabled and ensure you aren’t connected to any network using VPN connection.

Fix error message 0x800F0923

If you find this error 0x800F0923, then make sure that a specific driver or software is compatible with the upgrade. In this case, you want to check which driver or software isn’t compatible then open “Get Windows 10” app, hit on the hamburger menu button, and hit on Check your PC.

Fix error message 0x800F0923

After successfully identifying the issue check manufacturer’s support website to get the recent drivers or software update. If you haven’t found new updates, then try to uninstall the software and driver. Then try to upgrade your system and try to reinstall the driver and software.

Fix failure to upgrade

Users who are trying to upgrade can even run into a situations where they will find an 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.”

If you find these sort of messages, then it is hard to figure out what went wrong as these are the generic errors which can appear at any time while installation any update. But you can find the specific error by moving to Control Panel > All Control Panel Items\Windows Update\View update history. Now double-click the update with Failed status, to see the error details.

Fixing compatibility issues

If your operating system doesn’t meet the requirements to download and install the latest Windows 10, you’ll find the error codes: 0xC1900200 – 0x20008 and0xC1900202 – 0x20008.

 In this scenario you will find more details about the compatibility for particular hardware or software by visiting Windows Compatibility Center.

The database might be small and limited.

Error code 0xC1900208 – 0x4000C means you have an incompatible app is installed in your computer that is blocking the upgrade process. The bets way to fix this error is to uninstall the application and other software which is causing this problem.

Not enough for the upgrade

Error 0x80070070 – 0x50011, 0x80070070 – 0x50012, and 0x80070070 – 0x60000 indicates your computer doesn’t have enough space to upgrade. At such situation free up the storage space using Disk Cleanup tool by opening Run command, type cleanmgr, and click on Enter.

When you will find Disk Cleanup tool, hit on Clean up system files, and ensure to check all the content you want to remove. This task is important for “Temporary Internet Files“, “Recycle Bin“, and the error report files.

Note: Not to delete “Windows Setup temporary files” because you need those files to install Windows 10.

Not enough for the upgrade

Otherwise, if you got USB flash drive then connect it to your computer and Windows setup tool will use it as the temporary storage to begin the upgrade.

Updating Windows to avoid errors during upgrade

Error: The update isn’t applicable to your computer, this error means that your operating system doesn’t have the needed updates. In such situation ensure you’re running latest version of operating system. To upgrade your system Windows 7 user should have Service Pack 1 installed and Windows 8 must have the running Windows 8.1 Update.

Updating Windows to avoid errors during upgrade

If you don’t know which version of Windows you are running, then open Run command, and type Winver, and hit Enter.

Fix Windows 10 activation problems

Another common problem is the activation, many users have faced error message Windows not activated after performing the clean install of Windows 10.

Microsoft allow user to upgrade or perform clean installation of Windows 10 by simply manually downloading installation files. In spite of this company recommend users to reserve free copy using “Get Windows 10” app and upgrade via Windows Update. The reason behind this method is to minimize errors.

However technical user prefers to do clean install to get the fresh machine.

 If you are using this route then you must know that to activate the copy correctly, you have to upgrade your current version using Windows Update.

This process is very important to convert Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 product key to product key which will activate Windows 10.

Quick Tip:

While upgrading use the manual downloaded files or use Windows Update to make sure you are connected online. This step is to make sure that after upgrade perform a clean install and activate it. Microsoft UK states:

“If a customer has already taken the upgrade, they will be able to clean install back to Windows 10 because their device will have been provisioned with the new store-based license. No product key interaction required. Just ‘Skip Key’ and it’ll activate once installed.”

After upgrading to Windows 10 you need to perform a clean installation using the files given from Microsoft.

Wrapping up

Microsoft released Windows 10 but still the operating system isn’t complete.  Hope now you have learned how to avoid problems while upgrade. Below you have a Reimage Repair Tool that will help you to fix any sort of windows or PC related error. Try using it to fix your windows related issues



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How To Fix Windows 10 Most Common Upgrade Errors