0xC1900101 driver errors in Windows 10 [COMPLETE GUIDE]

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0xC1900101 driver errors

Driver errors occur quite often when users try to upgrade their OS.

These errors are triggered by various driver-related factors: users haven’t installed the latest driver updates on their computers, some of the drivers are incompatible with the newest Windows 10 version, and more.

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Many users who tried to upgrade to Windows 10 reported that they couldn’t complete the upgrade process due to a series of 0xC1900101 errors. As a quick reminder, 0xC1900101 errors are specific for driver issues.

Here are the driver-related errors that you may encounter when upgrading to Windows 10:

  • 0xC1900101 – 0x2000c
  • 0xC1900101 – 0x20004
  • 0xC1900101 – 0x20017
  • 0xC1900101 – 0x40017
  • 0xC1900101 – 0x30018
  • 0xC1900101 – 0x3000D
  • 0xC1900101 – 0x4000D

How can I fix 0xC1900101 errors on Windows 10?

  1. Update or uninstall corrupted drivers
  2. Remove your antivirus
  3. Unplug all peripherals
  4. Remove additional RAM or your Network card
  5. Run an SFC scan
  6. Check your available upgrade space
  7. Use the Media Creation Tool
  8. Remove problematic applications
  9. Disable your LAN card in BIOS
  10. Upgrade your BIOS

1. Update or uninstall corrupted drivers

1.1. Update drivers manually

  1. Go to Local Disk C:\Windows.
  2. Scroll down to the Panther folder and open it.
    panther folder
  3. Open the Setuperr.log and Setupact.log to locate the problematic drivers.
  4. Keep in mind that you might have to take ownership over those files in order to access them.
    Setuperr.log
  5. Uninstall the corrupted drivers.

1.2. Use the Device Manager

  1. Go to Start > type Device Manager > click the first result.
    device manager
  2. Expand the list of devices.
  3. The device causing error 0xC1900101 will likely appear with a yellow exclamation mark.
  4. Right-click the problematic driver > select Update Driver Software to install the latest updates.
  5. Click Uninstall to completely remove it.

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If this method doesn’t work or you do not have the necessary computer skills to update/fix the drivers manually after uninstalling them, we strongly suggest to do it automatically by using DriverFix.

It is far easier than using any of the methods listed above, as you only need to launch the program and your drivers will be as good as updated and fixed.

DriverFix is almost fully automated, so it downloads and installs the proper drivers by itself, and you only need to restart your PC to apply the changes.

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It is extremely lightweight, and you can even let it run in the background to remind you to check for newer drivers.

After updating or uninstalling the problematic drivers, the issue should be completely resolved and you’ll be able to upgrade without any problems.

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2. Remove your antivirus

If you’re getting the 0xC1900101 error, the problem might be your antivirus software. To fix the issue, it’s advised to uninstall your antivirus completely and try to install the update again.

This issue can be caused by any third-party antivirus tool, so be sure to uninstall it and try to upgrade it again.

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3. Unplug all peripherals

Some users have confirmed they managed to install the latest version of Windows 10 after unplugging all peripherals from their computers.

Although this may sound like a third-grade solution, you should try it out as it has proven to be useful for some users.


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4. Remove additional RAM or your Network card

The 0XC190010 errors, and especially error 0XC190010 – 0x20017, are sometimes caused by extra RAM. Try removing one RAM module and make another attempt at installing Windows 10.

There are also users who have reported that removing their network card also fixed error 0xC1900101.


5. Run an SFC scan

  1. Go to Start > type cmd > select Command Prompt > run as an Administrator.
    open command prompt
  2. Type the sfc/ scannow command > hit Enter > wait for the scan process to complete.
    sfc scannow

Sometimes this error can appear due to corrupted system files, but you can easily fix them by running the SFC scan.

Once the SFC scan is finished, the problem should be resolved and you should be able to perform the upgrade.

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6. Check your available upgrade space

In order to upgrade to Windows 10, you need at least 16GB of storage. Not meeting this requirement may also explain why you’ve experienced 0xC1900101 errors.

For more information on how to free up hard drive space, check out the solutions listed in our dedicated article.


7. Use the Media Creation Tool

If you’ve performed all the steps listed above and you’re still experiencing 0xC1900101 errors, try using the Media Creation Tool to complete the upgrade process.

Go to the Windows Upgrade page, and download the tool. You’ll also find a step-by-step guide on how to use the Media Creation Tool on the same page.


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8. Remove problematic applications

Sometimes third-party applications can interfere with the upgrade process and cause the 0xC1900101 error to appear. Users reported that applications such as Acronis True Image and Trusteer Rapport are the main causes for this error.

If you use either of these applications or any other similar tool, be sure to remove it completely from your PC and then try to perform the upgrade.

Users reported that their problem was resolved after removing the problematic software, so be sure to try that.


9. Disable your LAN card in BIOS

As we already mentioned, error 0xC1900101 can occur due to connected peripherals and devices. The most common cause for this problem is your wireless adapter, but sometimes this issue can be caused by your Ethernet adapter.

To fix this problem, it’s advised to disable onboard LAN from BIOS. To do that, simply access BIOS, locate Onboard LAN option and disable it. To see how to access BIOS and disable this feature, be sure to check your motherboard manual.

Once you disable this feature, try to perform the upgrade again. If you manage to install the upgrade, be sure to enable this feature back on again.

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10. Upgrade your BIOS

Another way to fix this problem is to upgrade your BIOS. According to users, you might not be able to install a certain update if you have outdated BIOS. Several users reported that updating BIOS fixed the problem, so you might want to try that.

Keep in mind that BIOS update is a potentially dangerous procedure that can cause damage to your PC. To see how to properly update your BIOS, we advise you to check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions.


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The 0xC1900101 error can be serious and it can prevent you from installing certain updates, but you should be able to fix it by using one of our solutions.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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