- One of the fastest ways to repair this error is to use the Windows Update Troubleshooter. If that does not work for you we have more solutions for you to check.
- Another workaround is to temporarily disable the antivirus program. If you don't yet have one, go ahead and check our list with some of the best antivirus solutions.
- For more Windows Update workarounds, and additional info, make sure to check our Windows Update hub.
- Are other annoying Windows errors creating a real issue for you? You can bookmark our specially created Windows 10 Errors Hub. Here you will find more solutions like this one to help with your Windows system.
As you probably know, Microsoft imagines Windows 10 as a service. That means you have only one operating system, with frequent updates that enhance and improve it. With that in mind, users must install major updates for Windows 10, to have the best possible experience and performance at the moment.
Windows 10 is known for causing various update errors to users, but in this article, we’re going to talk about one particular problem – error code 0xc1900107 (or update error 0xc1900107). This problem usually occurs when you’re trying to install a major update for Windows 10.
Windows 10 upgrade error 0xc1900107 can prevent you from installing certain updates, and by doing so your system security might be affected. Speaking of this error, here are some similar issues users reported:
- Windows 10 update failed to install – This problem can appear due to third-party applications on your PC. If you’re having this problem, you should try updating your drivers and disabling your antivirus.
- Error code 0xc1900107 Creators Update – This issue was reported while installing Creators Update, but it can appear with almost any update. If you’re having this problem, be sure to disconnect USB devices and check if that solves the problem.
- Windows 10 update failed loop – Sometimes you might get stuck in a loop when trying to install Windows Updates. If this happens, restart Windows Update components or try to manually download and install the update.
How to fix Windows 10 update failed, Error code: 0xc1900107
1. Check your antivirus
If you’re getting error 0xc1900107 while trying to upgrade, the issue might be related to your antivirus. Although antivirus will protect you from online threats, you should also know that antivirus can interfere with your system and cause this and other errors to occur.
If you suspect that your antivirus is the problem, you might want to try disabling certain antivirus features and check if that helps. In case that doesn’t work, you can try disabling your antivirus entirely. In a worst-case scenario, you might have to completely remove your antivirus to fix this issue.
If removing the antivirus solves the problem, you might want to consider switching to a different antivirus solution. There are many great antivirus tools available on the market, and if you’re looking for a new antivirus, we strongly suggest to consider Bitdefender since it provides great protection and it won’t interfere with your system in any way.
2. Update your drivers
Sometimes error code 0xc1900107 can appear if your drivers are out of date. Your drivers are quite important since they allow your PC to communicate with your hardware properly. However, if a certain driver is out of date, you might experience issues.
To fix the problem, it’s advised to update drivers for all major components such as your graphics card, sound card, network adapter, chipset, etc. You can do this manually by downloading the latest drivers from your manufacturer.
On the other hand, if you want to update all your drivers with just a couple of clicks, there’s an automated solution available that will download and install the necessary drivers for you.
3. Run the Update Troubleshooter
The first thing we’re going to try is running the Windows Update Troubleshooter. This is Microsoft’s tool, that is specifically designed for resolving more or less serious update-related issues in Windows. To run the Update Troubleshooter, follow these instructions:
- Download the Windows Update Troubleshooter from Microsoft.
- Launch the tool > follow the on-screen instructions.
- Try to install the update again.
4. Delete $WINDOWS.~BT folder
Many Windows 10 users who have experienced this issue before suggest that deleting the $WINDOWS.~BT folder solves the problem. In case you’re not familiar with this folder, it stores some of your user data from the previous system version. However, in some cases that data may cause troubles upgrading. To delete this folder, follow these instructions:
- Open File Explorer, and go to This PC > Local Disk (C:) (or whichever your system hard drive is).
- Now, click View and check the box that says Hidden Files.
- Find the folder named $WINDOWS. ~ BT.
- Rename it or delete it.
After you’ve done that, try upgrading your system once again. If the issue persists, move on to another solution.
5. Perform the SFC scan
And finally, if none of the solutions from above worked for you, try running the SFC scan. This is Windows’ built-in tool, whose purpose is to fix various system issues, including the update errors. To run the SFC scan, do the following:
- Press Windows Key + X and choose Command Prompt (Admin). If the Command Prompt isn’t available, you can also use Powershell (Admin).
- In the command line type SFC/scannow.
- The process should last a few minutes.
- When completed just close the Command Prompt.
If an SFC scan can’t fix your problem, you might want to consider using DISM scan instead. To do that, you just need to do the following:
- Open Command Prompt as administrator.
- Enter DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and press Enter to run it.
- DISM scan will now start. The scan can take about 20 minutes or more, so don’t interrupt it.
Once the scan is finished, check if the problem is resolved. If the issue is still present, or if you weren’t able to run an SFC scan before, be sure to repeat it. After running both scans, the issue should be resolved.
6. Disconnect USB devices
Sometimes error 0xc1900107 can be caused by certain USB devices. Several users reported that a USB wireless adapter can cause this issue to appear, so if you have a USB adapter, be sure to disconnect it.
Other USB devices can also cause this problem to appear, and to fix it, it’s advised to disconnect all non-essential USB devices from your PC. This includes printers, gamepads, external hard drives, flash drives, etc. You need to disconnect all devices except your keyboard and mouse.
Once you disconnect unnecessary USB devices, try to upgrade your PC again.
7. Reset Windows Update components
- Open Command Prompt as administrator.
- Run the following commands one by one:
- net stop bits
- net stop wuauserv
- net stop appidsvc
- net stop cryptsvc
- Ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
- Ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak
- net start bits
- net start wuauserv
- net start appidsvc
- net start cryptsvc
After running all these commands, you should restart your PC and check if the problem has resolved. If you don’t want to run these commands manually, you can also create a script that will run the commands automatically for you. We showed you how to create a Windows Update Reset script in one of our older articles, so be sure to check it out for more instructions.
8. Download the necessary update manually
If you can’t install a certain update due to error 0xc1900107, you can always download the update from Microsoft’s Update Catalog. First, you need to go to Windows Update and check the number next to the update. The updated code will look like KBXXXXXXX. Once you obtain the code, you need to do the following:
- Go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.
- In the search field enter the update code of the update you’re trying to install.
- A list of matching updates will appear. Find the desired update and click the Download button to download it. Keep in mind that there will be listed versions for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows, so be sure to choose the version that matches your system’s architecture.
Once you download the update, you should be able to install it without too much hassle.
In case you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, feel free to let us know in the comments below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2017 and it has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
FAQ: Learn more about Windows update errors
- Why is my Windows Update failing?
Windows Update may fail to update because some of its components become corrupted. These components include the services and temporary files and folders associated with Windows Update. You can try resetting these components and see if this can fix your problem.
- What happens when Windows Update is interrupted?
Interrupting an update would not damage the hardware on a PC. This will occur if too many files are changed during an update and interrupting this process will lead to some files that were modified and others that were not.
- Can I repair Windows 10 without a cd?
Yes, you can repair it without an installation cd. The fastest way is to use Windows Startup repair. This might fix the issue or if not you will need to do a system restore using a bootable USB.