12 Fixes: Windows 10 Version 1903 Won’t Install Error

Though the May 2019 update for the Microsoft Windows OS is outdated, several users have this installed on their computers. Despite evading multiple bugs, this version of the legendary Windows 10 OS has some flaws. Several users reported that this specific version couldn’t be installed on their computers. 

Windows 10 version 1903 Won't Install

We looked into the issue and discovered some solutions to this issue. Continue reading to know why the Windows 10 Version 1903 installation issue appears. You will also find the necessary steps to fix this error and get Windows 10 version 1903 installed on your computer. 

Why does Windows 10 version 1903 not install on my computer?

The following are the factors that can possibly cause trouble while installing Windows 10 version 1903 on your PC – 

  • Storage-related issues
  • Corrupt or Outdated driver firmware
  • Damaged and/or missing system files
  • Interferences from third-party programs
  • Hard drive errors
  • System bugs

Solutions for the Windows 10 Version 1903 won’t install issue

  1. Restart the PC
  2. Disconnect All Extra Hardware
  3. Launch the Windows Update Troubleshooter
  4. Update the Graphics and Hard Disk drivers
  5. Restart the Windows Update service
  6. Update Windows 1903 manually
  7. Execute the SFC and DISM Commands
  8. Check the hard disk 
  9. Remove unwanted programs from your PC
  10. Use the Media Creation Tool
  11. Force download the Windows 10 Version 1903
  12. Reset the Windows OS

Fixing the Windows 10 Version 1903 won’t install issue

Restart the PC

The easiest workaround for most Windows issues is to restart the computer. A simple reboot can reset unsaved changes and clear temporary files. If these factors are what stopping you from installing Windows 10, let’s restart your device. 

  • Close all the applications running on your computer. This is essential as the reboot process can get delayed because of the running programs. 
  • Once all the foreground apps are closed, expand the Start menu. 
  • Click on the Power icon at the bottom-right corner of the window.
Power icon in the Start menu
  • From the pop-up menu, choose the Restart option. 
Restart PC option
  • Wait for the system to finish restarting and then, check if the problem persists.

Disconnect all Extra Hardware

In certain rare circumstances, the peripherals plugged into your computer can be a nuisance. Several users faced this issue; Especially when they are trying to download a Windows update. An easy workaround for this is to clear all the ports on your computer. 

USB Ports

Peripherals include USB drives, mouse and keyboard PINs, LAN cables, and HDMI cables. Once you remove all the unwanted hardware, restart the system to refresh it. When booted up, try downloading the OS update again.

Note: If you are using a desktop, you can keep the mouse connected for navigation.

Launch the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Windows Updates are one of the system features that can be troubleshot. The availability of this feature can very useful as it doesn’t require many steps. If you do not know how to use the Update troubleshooter, the steps below will assist you.

  • Open your PC settings by pressing Windows and I keys.
  • Go into the System settings on the left panel.
System settings panel
  • Look for it and click on the Troubleshoot sub-settings.
Troubleshoot settings window
  • Move to the Other troubleshooters section. You’ll see a list of all the available troubleshooter. 
Other troubleshooters option
  • Now, choose the Run now option next to the Windows Update section. 
Windows update troubelshooter
  • Follow the on-screen instructions and wait for the wizard to detect the issue.
Windows Update troubleshooter
  • When you see a potential solution displayed, click on the Apply this fix option. 

Update the Graphics and Hard Disk drivers

Updating your device drivers for the GPU and hard disk can help with the OS installation error. If you choose not to get the driver updates from the manufacturers’ website, follow the manual method below. 

  • Bring up the Device Manager window. To do this quickly, you can use the Device Manager option in the Quick link (Windows + X) menu.
Device manager window
  • Locate the Display adapter section and click on it.
Display adapters section
  • Right-click on the dedicated GPU driver and choose the Update driver option.
Update driver option
  • When the driver update wizard appears, select the Search automatically for updated driver software option. This will make the system look for available driver software updates. 
Search automatically for drivers option
  • Restart the PC to install the updates.

When your PC is up and running, go back to the Device Manager and update the Hard Disk drivers. These drivers can be found in the Disk Drive section. The same procedure is to be used for this. 

Users can also get the latest firmware for drivers through their respective interfaces. 

Restart the Windows Update service

We can also try restarting the system service responsible for Windows Updates. This will refresh it and is likely to remove minor bugs. 

  • Press Windows + R on your keyboard to launch the Run tool.
  • Use this platform to execute the services.msc command.
services.msc window
  • Scroll to the Windows Update service. Push the W key when the services window is active to navigate here.
Windows Update service
  • Right-click on the Windows Update service and select Properties. 
Windows Update properties window
  • Click on the Stop button in this window. 
  • Wait for a few seconds and then, click on the Start button.

Update Windows 1903 manually

You can do it manually if you cannot download the Windows 10 version 1903 feature update with the usual steps.

  • Search for the system update history on the taskbar search box (Windows + S).
Update history page
Microsoft Update catalog website
  • In the search panel on this page, search for the update code we noted earlier. 
  • Locate the correct update to match your system architecture type and download it. 
  • When the download is complete, run the executable file and use the instructions to install it.

Note: The users are required to turn the internet connection off for the installation process to end.

Execute the SFC and DISM Commands

Windows users use a System File Checker (SFC) to scan all the system files to look for file damage. When the corrupt file is detected, a cached file replaces it in the existing location. This scan can help you fix file damage, which can stop the OS update. 

  • Launch a Command Prompt (admin) window. You can search for it and choose the Run as administrator option in the search results.
  • Type in sfc/scannow and execute it by pressing Enter. This will initiate the file checker scan. 
sfc/ scannow command
  • The SFC scan can take up to an hour to complete. During this time, all corrupt files will be replaced with fresh files. When the process is done, reboot the system to save the changes. 

If the SFC does not affect the update not installing issue, you can also try the DISM command. 

Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) services system images. More importantly, this process also fixes corrupt and outdated files on the computer. This scan also requires a procedure similar to that of SFC.

DISM command in process

When the elevated command prompt window is up and running, execute the following commands. Make sure you run them one at a time in the given order – 

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth 
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth 
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

The three above commands will check the files, scan for corruption, and replace the missing files. 

Check the hard disk

Since hard disk-related issues can be responsible for the Windows Update error, let’s try removing them. Fixing disk damage can be the solution when the version 1903 cumulative update fails. The best option is to use the CHKDSK scan on your computer. 

There are three different procedures to check your system’s active hard disks. 

File Explorer

  • Click on the folder icon on your taskbar. This will launch a File Explorer window. 
  • Go to the This PC page. Right-click on the hard drive. 
Properties window for hard drive partition
  • From the context menu, choose the Properties option. 
Error checking option
  • Shift to the Tools tab and click on the Check button. This requires administrator privileges, so you must run this from the admin account. 

Disk Management

  • Open the Quick Link menu by right-clicking on the Start button. 
Disk Management option in Quick Link menu
  • From the pop-up menu, choose the Disk Management option. 
Properties option for hard disk partition
  • In the Disk Management window, right-click on the hard drive inserted. From the context menu, select Properties.
  • Move to the Tools tab. In the Error-checking section, select the Check button.

Command Prompt

  • Launch the Command Prompt window with administrator privileges. 
  • Type in chkdsk "Drive name":/ f and hit the enter key to process it. 
  • Restart the system when the scan is done. 

Remove unwanted programs from your PC

Another recommended solution to fix Windows Update errors is to uninstall applications that are no longer needed. There are two methods to remove an application’s files from a Windows computer. 

Uninstall Wizard

Users can utilize the uninstaller tool to remove unwanted applications. These packages come with the program’s files and can be found in the installation directory. The software’s developers make these tools. Running these tools will help you fix the

Windows Settings

The add or remove settings list all apps for you to uninstall. The steps are simple as well – 

  • Search for add or remove programs and go to the Settings option. 
  • Look for the application you want to be uninstalled, in the list of installed software. 
Uninstall option for application
  • Click on the application title and expand the section.
  • Select Uninstall and confirm it to remove the files.

In some cases, this action will launch the Uninstaller tool also. 

Use the Media Creation Tool

The Windows media creation tool also has a chance to run a repair upgrade. Sometimes, this can get Windows 10 version 1903 installed on your PC. 

  • Open a browser and use a search engine to look for the Windows 10 media creation tool. This tool is essential for creating a bootable drive, which will be used to install an OS. 
  • Download the media creation tool from the Windows website. 
  • Install it onto a formatted USB drive. 
  • Restart your System and go into the BIOS menu.
  • Ensure the connected USB drive is on top of the Boot list. The interfaces can vary from different motherboard brands. 
  • Restart the system again to launch the Windows installation wizard.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to install version 1903 OS. 

Reset the Windows Update Components

Resetting the Windows Update feature can remove and replace all the existing update settings to default. We can try to reset Windows Update since no other data will be lost or compromised. 

  • Open the Command Prompt window on your computer. 
  • Type the following commands in and execute the commands given below in the same order –
net stop wuauserv

net stop cryptsvc 

net stop bits
  • Remove –Item –path C:\Windows\SoftwareDistributon
  • Tap Y and press Enter to confirm this. Now,  proceed to execute the following commands –
net start wuauserv

net start cryptsvc 

net start bits
  • Reboot the system to save the changes. 

Reset the Windows OS

Our last solution involves removing all the system settings back to default. Resetting will help you fix the Windows Update installation error, but this will also delete all stored information. If you are willing to do this, make a backup of all personal files before following the procedure below – 

  • Open the Start menu and click on the Settings gear icon on the bottom-left section.
  • Move to the System settings.
  • Expand the Recovery sub-settings. 
Recovery sub-settings in Windows
  • In the Recovery options section, click on the Reset now button. 
Reset PC option in Recovery settings
  • Click on the Remove everything button.
Remove everything option in Reset window
  • Wait for the resetting process to end. This can take several minutes as the OS is installed again. 

When the reset is complete, re-initialize your computer and try updating the OS version. 

If the solutions above do not help you, contact Microsoft support for more information and other help.

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