Windows Update error 0xc190012e [5 FIXES THAT REALLY WORK]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Error 0xc190012e

A number of users have reported getting the error message 0xc190012e whenever they try updating their Windows 10 operating system. It seems that the most common situation in which this error appears is when users try to upgrade from Windows 10 Insider Preview.

This issue can be very annoying, especially if you’re trying to upgrade your Windows 10 OS for security reasons. This error can also stop you from accessing any new or updated features.

For these reasons, in this article, we will explore some of the best troubleshooting methods to try and solve this issue once and for all. Please follow the steps presented in this guide closely.

How to fix Windows Update error 0xc190012e?

1. Reset Windows 10 update components

  1. Download the Windows Update Troubleshooter from Microsoft.
  2. Open the file and select the ‘Windows Update‘ option.Windows Update Troubleshooter-Fix error 0xc190012e
  3. Click on the ‘Advanced’ button.
  4. Select ‘Run as administrator’.
  5. Select ‘Windows Update‘ again, and click ‘Next’.
  6. Wait for the process to complete, and close the troubleshooter.
  7. Open Windows Update Troubleshooter again -> select ‘Advanced’ -> ‘Run as administrator’.
  8. Select the second option in the list ‘Windows Network Diagnostics’ -> click ‘Next’.
  9. After the process is completed, restart your computer and try to see if you can update your Windows 10 normally.

2. Clear temporary files

  1. Click on Cortana search box, type in ‘Disk Cleanup’, and open it.
  2. Select ‘Drive C’ -> click ‘Ok’.
  3. Windows will now calculate all the files that can be removed.Disk cleanup - Error 0xc190012e
  4. Select all the files that you want to remove from the list, and select ‘Ok’.
  5. Try to see if this solved your issue.

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3. Run SFC command

  1. Press ‘Win + X’ keys on your keyboard -> select PowerShell (Admin).PowerShell admin - error 0xc190012e
  2. Inside the PowerShell window, paste this command: SFC /scannow -> press Enter.PowerShell admin with sfc command -Error 0xc190012e
  3. Wait for the Windows to check for missing or corrupt files, then restart your computer.

4. Run CHKDSK command

  1. Start PowerShell (Admin) once again.PowerShell admin - error 0xc190012e
  2. Type in this command: ‘chkdsk C: /f /r /x’ (without quotes) -> Press ‘Enter’.PowerShell admin with chkdsk command - Error 0xc190012e
  3. In case the volume you want to check is ‘C’, then the command will not run (the system is using it now).
  4. You will see this option come up on the PowerShell screen:PowerShell admin with chkdsk run next time - error 0xc190012e
  5. Type in ‘Y’ and press ‘Enter’ so that the system performs the check next time your computer restarts.PowerShell - error 0xc190012e

5. Update Windows 10 manually (using ISO file)

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Note: For this method to work, you will need to own a Windows 10 license.

  1. Download Windows 10 ‘Download Tool’.
  2. Open the setup and follow the on-screen instructions to install the update

In this article, we explored some of the best troubleshooting methods for dealing with the error ‘0xc190012e’. Please feel free to let us know if this guide helped you by using the comment section below.


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