FIX: Windows could not configure one or more system components

Teodor Nechita
by Teodor Nechita
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Many users are complaining that whenever they try updating their Windows they are greeted by a message labeled:

Windows could not configure one or more system components. To install windows, restart the computer and then restart the installation.

Despite the warning message advising users to retart their PC to solve the problem, this solution doesn’t work at all.

This article is a compilation of the most useful solutions which can be used to help you solve your problem.

What causes this Windows configuration error?

  • Broken or missing keys used to encrypt the configuration store for the Advanced Encryption Standard Provider
  • Old or outdated drivers
  • Badly configured or faulty Internet Information Services tool which need getting rid of

What to do if Windows can’t configure system components

1. Get rid of certain files from your PC

  1. Press Windows + E
  2. Click on This PC
  3. Navigate to the following location on your computer:
  4. C:ProgramDataMicrosoftCryptoRSAMachineKeys
  5. Look for these files and delete them:

The GUID is a code unique to every user, remember to replace it according to your needs.

There is a chance the ProgramData my not be visible. If that is the case, click on the View tab in the File Explorer, and check the box next to Hidden.

2. Use the Media Creation tool

  1. Download the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft’s website
  2. Double-click the executable you’ve just downloaded
  3. When a new window opens, select Upgrade this PC now
  4. Accept the license terms, click Next and wait
  5. You should be prompted with a Ready to install message
  6. Choose whether to keep your personal files and folders or not
  7. Proceed with the install

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3. Uninstall old Wi-Fi divers, and update all the others

  1. Press Windows + R
  2. Type in devmgmt.msc
  3. Go to Network Adapters
  4. Select your Wireless adapter
  5. Right-click it and select Uninstall
  6. Repeat steps 1 – 5 with the other drivers, but select Update instead of Uninstall

uninstall driver windows update error

4. Uninstall your IIS

  1. Press Windows + R
  2. Type in control.exe
  3. Go to Uninstall a program
  4. A screen will appear. Click on Turn Windows features on or off 
  5. Find Internet Information Services in the list
  6. Uncheck the box next to it, and confirm your action

Delete IIS windows update error

5. Disconnect your SD card reader

This may seem like an odd solution when compared to all the others, but users reported that this actually helped them get rid of the problem.