- If you're getting an error while trying to install Windows in safe OS phase, some settings might be wrong.
- There are several ways in which you can fix this, and we're guiding you through all of them.
- The Windows OS is susceptible to various functionality errors that we've extensively covered in the Errors Hub.
- For solutions to more general errors, be sure to visit our Troubleshooting section.
Although Windows 10 is free for most Windows 8 and Windows 7 users upgrading to Windows 10 isn’t always smooth as you think.
Users report getting The installation failed in the safe_os phase with an error during apply_image operation error while trying to upgrade to Windows 10.
Variations of this error include installation errors during:
- recovery environment
- prepare rollback
- replicate_oc operation
- migrate_data operation
Possible specific errors that can appear during installation are:
- error 0xc1900101 – 0x2001
- error 0x8007000A – 0x2000D – occurs when using ISO files
In this article, we’ve tried to cover all these problems. Since operating systems behave differently, our advice is that you try each solution in turn, until finding the right fix.
What can I do if the installation fails in the safe_OS phase?
1. Update all your drivers
According to users, Installation Failed in Safe_OS Phase With an Error During Apply_image Operation message can appear if you have any problems with your drivers.
Outdated drivers can cause this problem to appear, so it’s recommended to update them.
For instance, a lot of users reported that their USB drivers were the problem. After updating them, the issue was resolved.
However, other outdated drivers can cause this problem as well. So we wholeheartedly recommend a third-party tool, DriverFix, to help with detecting and updating all the essential drivers.
Once installed and launched, the tool scans your system and finds all problematic drivers. It also offers reliable recommendations for the latest software versions that you can safely install.
Besides, this is not just a one-time use tool. It will surely come in handy later on.
Think about all the time you're saving by allowing this tool to update all your system drivers.
2. Change your Windows 10 installation
This is a bit complex solution since it requires you to change Windows 10 setup files. This solution is helpful to some users, but make sure that you follow instructions carefully to prevent any damage and unwanted issues.
The main cause of this error is the KB3064209 Intel CPU microcode update. If you don’t use Intel’s CPU, then this doesn’t apply to you.
This was proven to work on Gigabyte GB-BXi3-4010 motherboards with Intel i3 4010U CPU installed, but we assume that it should work with any other motherboard with Intel CPU.
KB3064209 updates the file
In order to install Windows 10, you need to delete this file. To do so, follow the steps below (we’ll use X: as USB drive, C: as our operating system drive letter, and User as the user profile name. When applying this solution, make sure that you change these to match your settings.)
- Download Windows 10 ISO and copy its contents to a USB stick.
- Run Command Prompt as administrator.
- Create a new folder on your Desktop and call it mount.
- Mount and edit WIM (Image file:boot.wim, Index 1) by entering into Command Prompt:
- Use Windows Explorer and navigate to:
- Right-click mcupdate_GenuineIntel.dll and choose Properties.
- Go to the Security tab, then click Advanced.
- Next, Change the Owner to your User account. (Enter your user account and click on Check Names button. Click OK to save the changes.)
- In the Security tab click Edit and then Add to add your user account. (Make sure that you check Full Control so you can have maximum privileges. Click Apply and OK to save changes.)
- Now delete mcupdate_GenuineIntel.dll.
- Close all open Windows Explorer windows.
- Go back to Command Prompt and unmount the image by entering:
dism /Unmount-Image /MountDir:C:UsersUserDesktopmount /commit
- Now you’ll have to repeat steps 4-11 for the following files:
- If you’re confused, just replace boot.wim /index:1 with the values from the list above.
- Delete the mount folder from your desktop, remove the USB and boot the installer.
This is an advanced solution, so be sure to follow the instructions on the screen carefully in order to perform it properly.
3. Use IObit Advanced System Care
Installation Failed in Safe_OS Phase With an Error During Apply_image Operation error can appear due to your temporary files, and one way to fix it is to use IObit Advanced System Care.
This is a simple tool that helps you with eliminating useless or invalid registries in order to free up disk space and improve PC performance.
With the free version, you also get to monitor your system condition in real-time.
The premium version of the tool comes with a bunch of advanced cleaning and optimization features that will improve your device’s health.
IObit Advanced System Care
Prepare your device for a smooth Windows installation by deep-cleaning it with this powerful tool.
4. Set services to automatic
- Press Windows Key + R and type services.msc. Press Enter or click OK.
- Find the following services:
- BITS(Background Intelligent Transfer Service)
- Windows Update Service
- Cryptographic Service
- Double-click each of these services to open their Properties.
- Now find the Startup type and set it to Automatic. Click on Apply and OK to save changes.
- Repeat the process for all three services.
- Restart your computer and try to install Windows 10 again.
After enabling all these services, the problem should be resolved and you’ll be able to install Windows 10 without any issues.
5. Unplug all USB devices from your computer / remove your WiFi adapter
Some users report that unplugging all USB devices fixes this issue, so you might want to do that. This applies to your printer, phone, external hard drive, etc.
Try using a PS/2 keyboard and mouse instead of a USB keyboard and mouse.
Also, if you’re using a dedicated WiFi card, you might want to remove it from your computer while trying to install Windows 10.
Do this only if you know how it works, or if your device is under warranty. Contact the official repair shop if available.
6. Disable your graphics/network card
If you’re getting Installation Failed in Safe_OS Phase With an Error During Apply_image Operation while installing Windows 10, the problem might be related to your dedicated graphics card.
According to users, sometimes your graphics card might not be fully compatible with Windows 10, and the only solution is to disable it from BIOS.
To do that, first, you need to enter BIOS while your PC boots. There are several ways to do that, and if you don’t know how to do it, be sure to check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions.
Once you enter BIOS, you need to find your dedicated graphics card and disable it. If you don’t know how to do that, check your instruction manual for detailed instructions.
Once the dedicated graphics is disabled, you might have to connect your monitor to the onboard graphics on the back of your PC. Now try to install Windows 10 again and check if the issue reappears.
Several users reported that disabling their dedicated graphics fixed the problem for them, so be sure to try that out.
In addition to your graphics card, sometimes the problem might be your network card.
If you’re using a built-in network card to access the Internet, be sure to disable it from BIOS and check if that solves your issue.
7. Update your BIOS
If you’re getting Installation Failed in Safe_OS Phase With an Error During Apply_image Operation error message while trying to install Windows 10, the problem might be related to your BIOS.
Sometimes outdated BIOS can cause this issue to appear, and in order to fix it, you need to flash your BIOS and install the latest version.
Updating your BIOS is an advanced and somewhat risky procedure that can cause irreversible damage to your PC if you’re not careful.
To see how to properly update the BIOS on your motherboard, be sure to check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions.
Several users reported that updating their BIOS fixed the issue for them, so be extra cautious if you plan to use this solution.
8. Add/remove RAM modules
Another way to fix Installation Failed in Safe_OS Phase With an Error During Apply_image Operation error is to add or remove RAM modules.
Several users reported that they fixed the issue simply by adding or removing one or two memory modules to or from their PC. After doing that, the installation went smoothly.
Hopefully, one of our solutions proved helpful for your particular situation. We’d like to hear about how you managed to solve the problem, so feel free to drop us a line in the comments below.