Windows 10 common errors and how to fix them

Aug 13, 2015360TS

Microsoft has been gradually rolling out its latest operating system in waves since July 29th. As users have started adopting the new operating system, some common issues have been appearing during the upgrade process. Here is a list of the most frequent issues found by users along with instructions on how to solve them.

  • Force upgrading – User action requirement issue

After reserving your turn to get your Windows 10 upgrade, you might have to wait for some days until it is rolled out to your PC. There is a way to skip this waiting period by manually triggering the upgrade. However, several users are retrieving the fixing message 80240020, between the the end of the download and the start of the upgrade. This is, in fact, not an issue of your reservation or upgrade download. According to Microsoft, this error is expected if the upgrade requires more user action, for example, to uninstall applications. Users who see this error will receive instructions to fix it and are recommended to wait until the ready-to-upgrade notification to perform the upgrade.

Microsoft also provides Windows 10 ISO file to create a Windows 10 installation media. However, it is assumed that users who take this approach have advanced skills to go through the process. This method not only requires a registry key but also a backup creation, since all files and programs will be deleted from the hard drive.

  • Connection/Free Space issue

This error code, 0x800F0922, indicates that your PC cannot get connected to the Windows Update servers. In this case, you can check first if Windows Update is working well. In case of using VPN connection, turning off the VPN software and initiating the upgrade again might solve the problem.

This error may also appear when there isn’t enough free space in the System Reserved partition. The solution to this issue is to increase the size of this partition. There are third-party applications to perform this task.

  • Compatibility issue  

Code 0xC1900208 – 0x4000C means that an incompatible app installed on your PC is blocking the upgrade process from completing. You should be able to solve this problem by uninstalling those incompatible applications.

Code 0xC1900200 – 0x20008 or Code 0xC1900202 – 0x20008 appear when your PC doesn’t meet the minimum requirements to download or install the upgrade to Windows 10.  Visit the Windows Compatibility Center to learn more details about system requirements for a specific hardware or software.

  • Insufficient Space issue

If your computer does not have enough free space available to install the upgrade, you will see Code 0x80070070 – 0x50011, Code 0x80070070 – 0x50012 or Code 0x80070070 – 0x60000. In this scenario, the built-in Disk Cleanup tool can help you to free up more space for upgrading. Alternatively, you can also use a USB flash drive as a temporary storage for the upgrade (8GB is the minimum requirement).

These are the most common errors faced by users when upgrading to Windows 10. Microsoft has enabled a Support site where these and other upgrade problems are explained, and where you can report your issues and ask to the user community.