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Fixed: Windows 10/11 Update Error Code 0xc1900208


Error code 0xc1900208 is commonly encountered when attempting to upgrade Windows operating system to a new version, such as from Windows 7 to Windows 10, or from an earlier version of Windows 10 to a newer version.

The  Windows Update error code 0xc1900208  is typically accompanied by an error message that reads: “Installation failed during the SAFE_OS phase with an error during BOOT operation”.
Error Code 0XC1900208
This Update error code 0xc1900208  suggests that the installation process failed during the phase where the installer prepares the system for the new version of Windows, known as the “SAFE_OS” phase. The Windows 10 Error 0XC1900208 message indicates that the installation process encountered an issue during the “BOOT” operation, which could be caused by several factors.

Reasons why you might be encountering Error code 0xc1900208 

Incompatible hardware or software:  

The new version of Windows may not be compatible with some of the hardware or software on your system. Before attempting to upgrade, it’s important to check that your hardware and software are compatible with the new version of Windows.

Insufficient disk space:  

The new version of Windows requires a certain amount of free disk space to install. If your system does not have enough free space, the installation process may fail.

Perform a clean boot:  

A clean boot can help you identify and fix problems with third-party programs or services that may be causing the Windows 11 Error Code 0xc1900208.  

  1. Click Windows + R and type “msconfig” in the Run box and press Enter. 
  2. Tap on to “Services” tab and check “Hide all the Microsoft services”. 
  3. Click “Disable all” and then press on the “Startup” tab. 
  4. Hit to “Open Task Manager” and disable all startup items one by one.
  5. End the Task Manager and click “OK”.
  6. Restart your computer or system 

Perform a system file check:  

If your system has corrupted system files, the installation process may fail. Running a system file check and repair utility such as sfc /scannow in the Command Prompt may help fix this issue.

Use the System File Checker (SFC) tool to scan for and repair any corrupted system files. 


Nslookup for server 

DISM scan 

Reset Windows Update Components: 

Third-party antivirus software:  

Certain a third-party antivirus software may interfere with this installation process. Temporarily disable or uninstall the antivirus software before attempting to the upgrade this may help
How to temper disable Antivirus: 

How to disable windows defender

Media Creation Tool: 

If   Media Creation Tool is a program developed by Microsoft that allows users to create installation media for Windows operating systems.  

Driver issues:  

Outdated or incompatible drivers can cause errors during its installation process. Ensure that you have latest drivers  your hardware installed before attempting to the upgrade of it 


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