One of the most popular and used operating systems around the world is Windows. The latest edition by Microsoft in their line of OS releases is Windows 10. It is the most advanced OS by Microsoft to date and quite versatile but even after making so many enhancements, it can still run into problems. Especially when you are trying to install it. Setting up is one of the most delicate steps when almost any operating system can falter. Once it has set up properly, you can then go ahead and make all the changes you want or need.
But the strong base of undisturbed installation is crucial for that. If you have faced such a roadblock that is not letting you proceed with the installation process then this article is for you. Here I am going to share with you some of the most common issues with Windows 10 installation and how you can fix them. Have a look:
Common Windows 10 Installation fail, Issues and Solutions
Issues with burnt Disk Image:
After decades of choosing from alternatives, Microsoft finally went ahead and included the option in the operating system itself to burn the image of installation files directly in the disk. This image can also be created in a flash drive which is a better option. The process becomes quite easy, you just need to download the installation files from the official website, burn it in the disk or flash drive and there you have the installation ready disk. At times these image files don’t get written in the way that they should have and that may hamper the installation process. Here you may read How to Customize the Appearance of Windows 10.
If these files get written wrongly or incompletely on the disk then the best way to solve this problem would be to start with this process again. You can give the installation another try, but the chances of it working gets quite low. So in this scenario, I would suggest you delete the burnt files from the disk or usb drive and perform the whole image burning process again. This problem should get resolved. If you are still facing issues, then you can try these two more steps.
- Download again:
If you fail to complete the installation even this time then I would suggest you to disable your antivirus, firewall, etc. and then try downloading the installation files from the start. Sometimes the antivirus or the computer’s security may identify a safe file as a virus or a potential threat and if it does then it won’t let these files stay on the computer. This makes the installation package incomplete.
- Try another Drive:
If you are still facing the issue then probably the disk or drive you are using is at fault here. Get a new rewritable disk or USB drive if you can, burn the installation files in it and then try booting your computer again from that.
Issues with Hardware
If you are installing the Windows 10 for the first time then it may be possible that your computer is not compatible with the system requirements of Windows 10. Though Windows operating systems have always been versatile and can run on minimum specs as well but there are some configurations on which one shouldn’t try to install it. The setup checks for the minimum requirements before installing the operating system. The processor should be more powerful than 1GHz and RAM at least 1 GB and this is only if you are installing the 32 bit version. If you are planning to go for the 64 bit version then you would need to have at least 2 GB of RAM.
Things get complicated if you are using a laptop, if you are sporting a desktop then you can easily make the enhancements. But it is quite difficult and at times, not possible, with the laptop. The minimum requirements are quite good actually, any program is highly tested by creators to run in lowest configuration possible. It would be more frustrating if you spent hours on setting up something and then got to know that you don’t even have the minimum requirements.
Issues with New Update
Microsoft releases new updates and patch releases from time to time and if you have started facing problems after recently installing a new update then maybe it is the cause. Now the best possible solution here for any user is to roll back on the older version that was installed before the update and then wait for another patch release which you can directly install. Here is how you can do it:
- Click on the start button in the bottom left corner of the screen and search for Settings. Click on the Settings option in the list and then go to Update & Security.
- A new window will appear, here you will have a list on the left side of the window. From that list, choose Windows Update and then click on View Update History. After clicking on it, you will be able to see all the latest updates that were installed in your computer. There is also the option given by the creators to uninstall them according to the users wish.
- Select the recent update’s name and search for it on the internet. You may find some related information in the forums if that particular update is troublesome to other users as well or not. Or if you are facing the same issues as they are. If you find relatable information then you can proceed to uninstall it. If not then select an older version, search for any relatable issues on the internet. This will help you to pinpoint on what part of the OS is causing the issue.
Use the Inbuilt Troubleshooter
Windows 10 is also embedded with an inbuilt troubleshooting assistant. It can find issues and problems with the installation, patches, updates, etc. and can fix them. A lot of times, it is not able to find any issue but there is no harm in trying and it can be a great way to perform a check before you start with hardcore manual troubleshooting. Here is how you can use it:
- Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your screen and then type Troubleshoot. Click on Troubleshoot settings in the list. A new window will appear under Settings.
- In this new Window, look for Windows Update, click on it and you will see the option by the name “Run the troubleshooter”.
- Click on the option. It will start the troubleshooter and you will be launched.
- A new window will open and the program will start scanning for issues. It will check every update, patch, etc.
The troubleshooter program works by going through every file that is related to the operating system and looking for corrupted and missing ones. Then after it is done, if it finds any fault then the program will list out the possible solutions. User will then have to click on apply and the troubleshooter will start working. You can choose to skip any particular fix but if it is not hindering your workflow then you should apply fix every time. After the process is completed, click on the Close button to close the window.
Issues with Modern Setup Host
If you are trying to update or upgrade anything related to operating system on your Windows 10 computer then you can run into Modern Setup Host has stopped working error. It is one program that runs in the background whenever a user is trying to get new updates. So if it stops working, it can hinder the progress and you may just sit there, stuck. To resolve it, you can try changing the language settings. A lot of times, this error goes away after that. You can also try disabling the firewall, removing external drives and devices, etc.
More Storage Space
The size of Windows 10 itself is quite big so if you have less space available in your hard drive then too it would be a problem to install the operating system. If you are trying to install a 32 bit version of the Windows 10 then you will need to have at least 16GB of space on the drive. But if you want to install a 64 bit version then you will have to keep around 20 GB of space free. Additionally, Windows will also take up to 7 to 10 GB of space on your computer for most installations.
If you are struggling with making space in the hard drive for the installation then I would suggest you to get a third party tool that can do all the hard work for you. Finding data that is useless can be quite hard. There is lots of junk data that you can kick out and can make a lot of space. Some of these files are temp files, duplicate photos, videos, incomplete downloads, failed downloads, logs, browser cache, cookies, media cache, and whatnot. I would recommend you to try Advanced System Optimizer by Systweak to resolve this issue.
Hope it helps.
Thanks for reading!