Some users receive the message “The Windows installer cannot configure Windows to run on this computer’s hardware” when they completely install, reinstall or update Windows 10 features, and the installation or upgrade cannot proceed. So, what can I do to solve such problems?
First of all, this problem can arise for a number of reasons, such as improper BIOS parameter configuration and overclocking, corrupted installation files for Windows updates (especially important updates, such as during Windows 10 feature updates), unknown errors in the Windows Update service, Windows activation errors (if Windows 10 is being upgraded and installed), operating system file errors etc. Then, you can try to solve it in different situations.
I. I encountered this problem when installing Windows 10 fresh
1. system BIOS configuration and overclocking caused by the problem
Some settings in the BIOS are very useful for older versions of Windows operating systems, but they are poorly implemented on Windows 10, which usually leads to the above error. To do this, we need to restart the computer and boot into the BIOS setup screen with a specific key. In the BIOS setup screen, find the SATA Mode Selection (depending on the manufacturer, this can be located under different tabs, usually Advanced or Integrated Peripherals, etc.) and change its mode to SATA, AHCI or Enhanced (for If you want to be compatible with older systems, change the mode to IDE or Compatibility) (Figure 1). Finally, save the settings and reboot the system.
After you have successfully installed Windows 10 on your computer, remember to change the settings back to their original state.
Overclocking may also cause the above problem. In this case, please restore the CPU’s rate and frequency to its original state. Which software is usually used to overclock the CPU, it is best to change it back again with this software.
2. the need to load the driver during the installation process
If the driver that comes with the Windows installation disk is not compatible with one of the devices on the system, it may cause the above problem. In this case, when the installer pops up the “Select driver to install” option, if it shows a USB driver error, try plugging the installation disk into a different USB port. If a message like the following is displayed: “A driver for <some> (possibly chip, display or other device) is missing for the computer. To continue the installation, use the Load Driver option to install 32-bit and signed 64-bit drivers. Installation of unsigned 64-bit device drivers is not supported, otherwise the Windows installer may not work.” In this case, you need to download the driver from the device manufacturer’s website according to the type of device in question and save the driver to a USB flash drive or removable hard drive. Then insert it into the computer where you want to install Windows. Finally, go back to the Windows installer, go to the option to load the driver, load the missing driver from that external drive, and continue with the Windows installation.
Second, problems with upgrading installation or reinstallation of Windows
If the above problem occurs when you upgrade or reinstall Windows 10 on top of your existing system, it may be due to activation issues. In this case, try running the Windows 10 installer and when the error message appears, press Shift+F10 to enter the Command Prompt window, type the following command and enter (replace the drive letter C: in the command with the actual drive number where the installed Windows is located).
Next, type the msoobe command and enter (Figure 2).
You may then be prompted to create an account name and password, and set the time and date. If it is a retail version of Windows 10, you may also be prompted to enter a product key. Once the product key is entered, you can continue with the installation process.
Three, the solution to the problem encountered during the Windows update
If you encounter the above error during Windows feature update, you can try the following solutions.
1. Run Windows Update Troubleshooting
For any Windows 10 related issues you encounter, you should first run Windows 10’s built-in troubleshooting. In this case, we should first try to run the Windows 10 Update Troubleshooter (Figure 3).
If Windows Troubleshooting does not solve the problem automatically, try the following methods.
2. Clean up the update folder Re-run Windows Update
The above problem during Windows feature updates may be caused by some previously downloaded installation files that are corrupted or missing.
Before re-running Windows Update, go to the folder “C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution” and move all files to another folder or delete it (Figure 4).
In general, after deleting the files in the above folder, when running Windows Update again, the required files will be downloaded again.
Finally, restart your computer and run Windows Update again.
3. run SFC/DISM to perform a system integrity scan
If the above methods cannot solve the problem, it cannot be ruled out that it is caused by missing or corrupted system files. In this case, you can use the SFC and DISM tools that come with the system to perform system file integrity scan checks and repairs. For convenience, a batch file DISM-SFC-scan.bat can be created with the following contents (Figure 5).
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
Right-click on the saved BAT file and select Run as Administrator from the menu) until the commands in it are executed. Finally, you can restart Windows to see if the problem is solved.