If you are here after seeing the error message that says “Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the installation “when you were installing or upgrading to Windows 10, you are certainly not alone.
We have been in their place and we know the frustration and the struggles. We were just trying to update our system to Windows 10, and this error appears with no follow-up instructions, no button in the ‘Windows could not complete installation’ error window. There is not even a cursor on the screen. All it does is keep restarting the PC and repeat the same error and again.
If Windows can’t complete its own installation, it means you have nowhere to go and you can’t do anything but get stuck with this error. We have reached a point where we prefer to abandon the update and just want to go back to a restore point, but even this seems impossible in that situation.
However, after exploring hundreds of forums and trying all possible solutions, finally we got over the error and were able to resume the installation . Here’s a quick fix that has magically solved the problem for us.
Force your Windows 10 to boot into Automatic Repair
This is the only solution that really works for us. Nothing else works. It was first suggested in this thread by a user who has also had the same problem. Without further ado, here is what you can do to fix yours.
Windows automatic repair This is a phase where Windows has detected that you currently have a startup problem and attempts to bring it to a solution. You will need to force your Windows to start into Automatic Repair. Here we’ll explain to you how to do it.
- If you are on the “Windows could not complete installation” error screen, turn off the computer holding and pressing the Power button until everything turns off.
- Turn on your PC again. As soon as it starts to load your Windows, turn it off again. Repeat this for 3 times.
- Then it will start on the next screen. Click on Advanced Options .
- Click on Solve problems .
- Click on Reset this PC . Don’t worry, we’re not going to reset your PC.
- Click on Keep my files .
- Don’t click Reset . Instead, just click Cancel .
- Choose Continue .
- The Windows 10 installation should now resume.
If this solution works for you, let us know in the comment section below. If it didn’t work well for you, try the following.
The old oobe msoobe method
This has been a famous solution for the “Windows could not complete installation” error on Windows 7 and 8 installation. Some people have reported that this also fixed the problem on Windows 10 installation.
On the error screen, press and hold Shift key and press F10 . The command prompt will appear. In the cmd, type the following command.
cd% windir% / system32 / oobe /
Hit enter. Then continue typing the following command.
Hit enter. In the next window that appeared, create an account with a username and password in the wizard. Restart your computer and see if this fixes the problem.
Replace your installation disk, USB, or configuration files
If nothing else works, you may want to replace your Windows 10 installation disc or USB if you are using one. Redownload the Windows 10 installation files. It could be the installation files that are corrupted and causing the error during installation.