[Fixed] Windows 10/11 update Error code 0xc1900208

The Error code 0xc1900208 is a common Windows 10/11 upgrade that can occur during the upgrade process. This Windows 10 /11 update Error code 0xc1900208 indicates that the installation failed in the SAFE_OS phase with an error during boot operation.

Here are some possible solutions to Fix windows 10/11update Error code 0xc1900208

Check for incompatible hardware or software:

Before attempting an windows upgrade, check for any incompatible hardware or software that might prevent the upgrade from completing successfully. You can use the Windows 10/11 compatibility checker to identify any compatibility issues.

Running an SFC Scan to fix windows 10 update Error code 0xc1900208 

SFC Scan

SFC scan now to fix the broken or corrupt files.

Open Windows Terminal in Admin

Type in SFC /scan now in the command window

Wait for the scan to finish.

You will get the following message on the command prompt  windows “Windows Resource Protection may indicate that the SFC scan/now program detected no integrity issues or found corrupt or broken files but could not repair some of them.

If SFC scan now finds no issues, you can now close the Windows Terminal console. ”

If SFC scan finds any issue, type the command below in same window.

DISM/Online /Clean-up-Image/restore health

Run windows update Troubleshoot Error code 0xc1900208

  • Open the Control Panel: Press on the Start menu and type “Control Panel” in the search bar. Press  on the Control Panel app to open it.
  • Press on “Troubleshooting: In the Control Panel, press on “Troubleshooting” option.
  • Press on “System and Security: In the Troubleshooting window, Press on the “System and Security” option.
  • Run the Windows Update trouble-shooter: Click on the “Fix problems with Windows Update” link under the “Windows” section. This will launch the Windows 10 Update trouble-shooter.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions: The windows trouble-shooter will ask you a series of questions and perform some automated checks. Refer the on-screen instructions and wait for the trouble-shooter to complete the scan.
  • Apply any recommended fixes: Once the windows trouble-shooter has finished scanning, it will show a list of issues that were found. Apply any recommended fixes by clicking on the “Apply this fix” button.

After the restart, find if Windows 11 Update Error code 0xc1900208 is working properly. If not, you may need to perform additional troubleshooting steps or seek further assistance.

Freeing Up Space

Plug or insert the installation media, then reboot your computer. Make sure you find the correct option to boot your PC or system from the installation media.

Select your required language, then accept to the license terms and Conditions.

Select to the Custom.

Press to Drive Options to format the destination drive. Pick the right partition, then Press to Delete option.

Press to Next restart the installation process.

Disable antivirus and firewall:

Some antiviruses or firewall programs may interfere with the windows 10 upgrade process. Temporarily disable any such programs before attempting the upgrade.

 How to temper disable Antivirus.

Open Antivirus application (McAfee or Norton or AVG) installed on the computer.

Press on settings and go to real time protection.

Select Turn Off real time protection.

Navigate to Antivirus firewall and select Turn off Antivirus Firewall.

How to disable windows defender

Open Windows Security

Open Virus & threat in windows security window

Press on Manage settings, under Virus & threat protection.

Switch Real-time protection to Off

Update drivers:

Make sure that all drivers, especially graphics and audio drivers, are up to date. Outdated or incompatible drivers can cause the upgrade process to fail.

Reset Windows 10 Update Components:

Step 1. Enter cmd in Windows Cortana search box. Press right side.

Choose the Run as Administrator.

Step 2. Enter the given following commands and hit enter tab after one by one.

  • net stop wuauserv
  • net stop cryptSvc
  • net stop bits
  • net stop msiserver
  • Ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
  • Ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old
  • net start wuauserv
  • net start cryptSvc
  • net start bits
  • net start msiserver

Step 3. After the process of resetting the Windows update components, restart your PC and try updating of Windows again.

Uninstall Incompatible Software:

Open to the File Explorer by pressing the Windows key + E and copy this C: WindowsPanther in the bar and press Enter tab.

Right in the folder, search for the Compat*.xml file and view it.

You will find out the name of the app that is incompatible in your system.

Uninstall that application from your PC or system and try to upgrade it again.

Free up disk space:

Ensure that you have enough free disk space before starting the windows upgrade process. The upgrade requires a certain amount of free disk space to complete successfully.

Use the Windows 10 Update Assistant:

If you are still having trouble upgrading, try using the Windows 10 Update Assistant. This tool can help you upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10 Error code 0xc1900208 without encountering errors.

Perform a clean installation:

If all else fails, you may need to perform a clean installation of Windows 11 Error code 0xc1900208. This will remove all your data and applications, so make sure to back up your important files before proceeding.


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