Windows 11 installation Has Failed – Here’s How To Fix It 


While trying to install the Windows update, are you encountering Windows 11 installation has failed error? If so, you are not alone; several other users have reported facing a similar problem. Luckily, the problem is fixable, and you can do it on your own by following the steps mentioned below.

Windows 11 installation has failed pop up

However, before we learn how to troubleshoot the error, let us narrow down the reasons that cause the installation of Windows 11 to fail. 

Reasons for Windows 11 Installation Failed

The error can be caused due to multiple reasons. Here we list down the most common ones that will help you understand the reason behind the blocked Windows 11 installation task. 

  1. The external hard drive is attached to the PC. 
  2. Outdated or corrupt device drivers. 
  3. Either the PC is incompatible with Windows 11 or does not meet system requirements. 
  4. Faulty Windows 11 ISO file downloaded or the Insider preview build has problems.
  5. Issues with disk, UEFI, secure boot, or MBR.
  6. Insufficient disk space.
  7. Interference caused by the antivirus or third-party application.
  8. Copying Windows installation files twice.
  9. Corrupt Boot Manager.
  10. Incorrect File extension. 

Common Windows 11 Installation Problems 

  1. Installation fails without an error code due to antivirus software. 
  2. Windows 11 installation has failed ISO.
  3. The setup installation has failed.
  4. Cannot install Windows 11 – Error 0xc1900101.
  5. Installation Failed in Safe_OS Phase.
  6. The setup has failed to validate the product key.
  7. Windows Installer error.
  8. This PC can’t run Windows 11.

Whatever the error message or reason is, we will help fix it. Follow the fixes explained individually in the correct order to find the perfect solution for you. 

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To troubleshoot Windows 11 installation stuck, here are some basic fixes, followed by the complex ones. Before going with the technical ones, follow the quick tips below: 

Basic Tips to Fix Windows 11 Upgrade and Installation Errors

Fix 1 – Disconnect all connected external hard drives.
Fix 2 – Check the copy of Windows 11 you are using. It must be genuine.
Fix 3 – Scan the PC for malware infection. For this, you can use the antivirus program you are using or can use the T9 antivirus.
Fix 4 – Update your device drivers

After performing the above fixes one last thing you need to try before getting into technicalities is to update the hardware drivers. You can update them either manually or automatically. 

Manually Update Driver – To update drivers manually you can use Device Manager, Windows built-in utility to keep drivers updated. Press Windows + X select Device Manager and update the hardware drivers. 

However, it is not easy to update drivers manually, as you will have to update each driver individually. Also, there is no guarantee that you will get the latest available update. To deal with this you can visit the manufacturer’s website, and download the driver. But for that, you need to have system and device details, which again is not easy and requires a lot of time and effort. 

If you want to avoid this, then the best thing you can do is update drivers automatically.

Automatically Update Drivers – Advanced Driver Updater is one of the best driver updating tools for Windows. Using it you can scan the system for outdated drivers and update them without any hassle. The tool shows the latest and compatible driver updates and even takes backups of drivers and allows scheduling driver scanning. To use it, follow these steps:

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  1. Download, install, and run Advanced Driver Updater.
  2. To scan the PC click Start Scan Now and wait for the process to finish.start scan using advanced driver updater
  3. Click on Update driver next to the driver you want to update. However, if you want to update all drivers at once you can do it by switching to the paid version which comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee and technical support. You can contact the support team for technical support at click on update all button
  4. Restart the PC and try to install Windows 11. The error should be fixed. If it persists we’ve other fixes, try them.

After performing these basic steps, restart steps restart your computer and try reinstalling Windows 11. Suppose this helps; there is no need to move further. You can enjoy working on Windows 11. However, if this does not help, continue reading to implement the fixes explained below: 

Technical Troubleshooting To Fix Windows 11 Installation Stuck, Error

Method 1 – Check the PC for compatibility

Most PC users do not know that to install Windows 11; their PC should meet the following system requirements

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
  • RAM: 4 gigabytes (GB)
  • Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
  • System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
  • Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
  • Display: High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel
  • Internet connection and Microsoft accounts: Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use.system requirements screenshot

If your PC fails to meet them, you will face Windows 11 install failure and other errors, as shown in the screenshot below.

Screenshot of Various reasons for Windows 11 install failure error

To check if your computer meets the requirements

Note : Microsoft provides a step-by-step guide for you to open the PC Health Checkup app on its official webpage

  1. Install the PC Health Checkup app if not already installed. 
  2. Press Windows key + S and search for PC Health Check. Select the best search result.
  3. Click Check Now.Check Now Option 
  4. The app will show whether your PC is compatible with Windows 11 or not. PC compatibility with Windows 11 or not screenshot

If it is compatible and you are still struggling with Windows 11 and can’t install an update, it seems TPM2.0 and Secure Boot are missing from the BIOS.

What is TPM 2.0?

TPM is a computer chip that offers hardware-based security. When the BIOS/UEFI and CPU do not fall under Micrpspft’s permitted range, you cannot install Windows 11. Following the list of supported AMD and Intel CPU 

  • 8th Generation Intel Core Processors and Newer Products
  • AMD Ryzen Processor
  • Ryzen 3000 Series and Newer Products

Steps to check TPM 2.0 on your PC

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run window. 
  2. Type tpm.msc and press the Enter key.Type tpm.msc 
  3. This will open the TPM management window. Here, under the Status tab, if you can read The TPM is ready for use it means TPM is enabled. Verify the TPM version from under the TPM Manufacturer Information.TPM management window 
  4. If TPM is compatible but disabled, you will get a message ‘Compatible TPM can’t be found’. This means you must log in to the BIOS to enable it.Compatible TPM can’t be found message

To do so, follow these steps.

Enabling TPM 2.0 Via BIOS

  1. Press the Shift key while clicking the Restart option. 
  2. This will help you access the boot page. Here, select Troubleshoot.choose option for troubleshoot 
  3. Click Advanced options.advanced option 
  4. Click UEFI Firmware Settings and press Restart to enter the BIOS.Click UEFI Firmware Settings 
  5. If you cannot find TPM look for PTT as the name may differ depending on the motherboard. However, remember both function the same. Click Settings > Security > TPM 20. Security and enable TPM.

    Note : On certain systems, you may find terms like TPM Configuration, TPM Support, TPM Device Selection, Intel Platform Trust Technology (PTT), or AMD fTPM Switch. Select either to enable TPM.

TPM 20 Security option

Enable Secure Boot

1. Click the Boot or Security tab.
2. Look for Secure Boot and enable it.
3. Save the change and exit to restart the PC. 

Method 2 Perform a Clean Boot

Most of the time, third-party applications interact with your Windows installation. To ensure these programs do not interfere with Windows installation, perform a clean boot. To do so, follow these steps: 

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run window. 
  2. Type msconfig and press the Enter key.msconfig command 
  3. Click on the Boot tab. Uncheck Safe boot > click Apply. boot tab in system configuration
  4. Click the General tab and select the Selective Startup option. 
  5. Uncheck the Load startup items option. Click Apply.general tab in system configuration 
  6. Click the Services tab > select the box next to Hide All Microsoft Services > and click Disable All.system configuration utility 
  7. Click the Startup tab > select Open Task Manager.Click Startup tab 
  8. Now select the items one by one and Disable them.
  9. Next, enable each item individually and Restart the PC after enabling each item.startup tab- task manager

This will help fix Windows 11 installation failure with no error code issue and help narrow down the program that is creating issues. 

Method 3 Update Windows

Before you try to upgrade to Windows 11, ensure you have all the Windows updates installed. To check if you have them all, follow these steps: 

  1. Press Windows + I to open Windows Settings. 
  2. Double click Update & Security. 
  3. Windows Updates > Check for updates.
    Windows Updates
  4. Windows now scan for available updates. If you have all the updates installed you will get You’re up to date message. However, it is best that you click View all optional updates and install them too. However, if any updates are missing Windows will install them automatically. Follow these steps until you get You’re up to date update result
  5. Restart the PC to save changes. Now try to update Windows, you should not get the “Windows 11 installation has failed” error. However, if the error persists, trypersists try the next fix.

Method 4 Bypass TPM and Secure Boot Check

If you found that your device doesn’t have TPM 2.0 chip you must be thinking that you can’t use Windows 11, right? Luckily that is not the case. You can update to Windows 11 using a trick that helps bypass system checks for TPM and Secure Boot.

Note : This step will help upgrade to Windows 11 but you will not be able to receive Windows 11 updates.

Before we proceed we suggest taking a backup of the registry as we will make some changes to the Windows registry. To backup the Windows registry press Windows + S and type regedit and press the Enter key. This will open Registry Editor. Click Computer > Right-click Export. This will back up all the keys and subkeys.

  1. Once the keys are exported, copy and paste the following command in the address bar Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup and press the Enter key.registry editor
  2. Right-click on the blank space > select New > key > Name it as LabConfig.registry editor
  3. Select LabConfig, right-click on the blank space on the right, and create two DWORD (32-bit) Value options. Name them as BypassTPMCheck and DWORD 32 bit option
  4. Double-click BypassTPMCheck, change the value data to 1 and select Decimal > OK.edit DWORD value
  5. Do the same for BypassSecureBootCheck option. Change the value data to 1, select Decimal > click OK.
  6. Close Registry Editor and then try to install Windows 11. This should work and you should no longer see the side-by-side configuration is incorrect in Windows 11.

Fixed Windows 11 Installation has failed to start

We hope the above solution helps fix the Windows 11 installation Has Failed or Windows 11 upgrade failed error. If this doesn’t help we suggest optimizing the PC and running a system file checker to fix corrupt system files. 

Please let us know which fix worked for you in the comments. 


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Preeti Seth
Preeti Seth

A UX writer who loves explaining technical details in a clear, crisp, and concise manner. She loves writing about technical troubleshooting, How-To's, product reviews, etc. In her free time, she loves reading, meditating, and traveling.

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