How to Fix Windows 10 Upgrade Error 0xc1900208


Well for people who didn’t get this I must say you are quite lucky. This update created a lot of buzz around the tech world due to its errors. Most of the Windows users have witnessed this error “0xc1900208” during the process of updating their Operating System (OS) to Windows 10.

What does this error mean actually? Well, this error means there is an incompatible software existing in your computer which is hindering this Windows 10 OS update to happen. During recent times the applications protecting your laptop have been creating trouble for recent Windows creations.

How to Fix Windows 10 Upgrade Error 0xc1900208

Let’s learn how to fix such issues, we’ll understand the root cause of the problem and try removing the applications causing this issue.

Method 1: Removing Hindering Applications

Applications like Antivirus, VPN’s are primarily causing the hindrance during the upgrade to Windows 10. You could find such applications and erase them in the following ways:

Step 1: Open the Windows Explorer, then type “C:\Windows\Panther” in the address bar and then press the Enter button.

Step 2: This will lead you to the “Panther folder”, once you open the folder start searching for a file named “Compat.xml” which has been opened the latest time and open it with a suitable text editor.

Step 3: Once you open the above-mentioned file, you will find the names of apps that are hindering your upgrade. Keep these apps in mind and continue you to the next step.

Step 4: Open Control Panel with the help of Start and select the “Uninstall a Program” option. Once it opens find the hindering apps which you kept a note of and uninstall them.

Step 5: After this process, restart your PC and that’s it your issue is fixed and now you can continue your upgrade to Windows 10.

Method 2: Resetting Windows Update Components

Step 1: Go to the Start Menu and search for “Command Prompt”, open the Command Prompt (CMD) by running is as an administrator.

Step 2: In the command prompt window type the following commands so as to stop the following Windows Update related services so that your upgrade to Windows 10 is not disturbed:

    1. net stop bits
    2. net stop wuauserv
    3. net stop appidsvc
    4. net stop cryptsvc

Step 3: Now you will have to rename the software distribution folder backup copies. To do this, type the following commands:

    1. ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
    2. ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak

Step 4: Now you must restart the above-mentioned services you earlier stopped to enable Windows 10 upgrade by using these commands:

    1. net start bits
    2. net start wuauserv
    3. net start appidsvc
    4. net start cryptsvc

Step 5: Now restart your PC and continue with your upgrade. After doing all the above steps now there wouldn’t be any hindrances for your upgrade to Windows 10.


Well if these above-mentioned methods do not work you could always visit any service center for assistance. They would help you out with the upgrade to Windows 10.


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