FIX: Windows could not configure one or more components

Teodor Nechita
by Teodor Nechita
Software Managing Editor
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  • The way we see it, Windows Update is not optional, but rather a must have if you want to keep your system safe and up to date. Besides, it's a comfortably built-in feature, courtesy of your operating system.
  • An occasional drawback here and there should not put you off. It happens to the best of Windows features and yes, there are things you can do about it. Check out our Windows update errors hub and find all the fixes in one place and more.
  • Now let's tackle a specific error: Windows could not configure one or more system components. To install windows, restart the computer and then restart the installation. You may come across it while trying to update your Windows, but do not worry. Follow the steps listed below and put this pesky configuration error behind you in no time.
  • Dig deeper into Windows 10 errors and solve them one by one thanks to our extensive materials on this topic.

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  • Old or outdated drivers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: C:Program DataMicrosoftCryptoRSAMachineKeys
  4. Look for these files and delete them:

6de9cb26d2b98c01ec4e9e8b34824aa2_GUID
d6d986f09a1ee04e24c949879fdb506c_GUID
76944fb33636aeddb9590521c2e8815a_GUID

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

There is a chance the ProgramData may 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

3. Uninstall old Wi-Fi drivers, 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.

There you go, each one of these solutions stands a good chance to solve the configuration error. Do try them out and let us know what worked for you in the comments section below.

FAQ: Learn more about System configuration errors in Windows

  • What causes bad system config info?

The BAD_SYSTEM_CONFIG_INFO error can be caused by both hardware and software issues like HDD corruption, software incompatibility, or corrupted registry.

  • How do I fix bad configuration in Windows 10?

Insert the bootable DVD or USB flash drive and boot your PC. Run these commands in Command Prompt and restart your PC: bootrec /repairbcd, bootrec/osscan, bootrec /repairmbr.

  • How do I stop Windows configuration?

Open the System Configuration from the Start menu. Go to the Services tab, check Hide all Microsoft services and then press the Disable all button.

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

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in September 2019 and was revamped and updated in June 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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