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Windows 11 23H2 upgrade Failed to install windows 10 (Solved)

Before attempting the upgrade, make sure your Windows 10 installation is fully updated with the latest security and quality updates.

Microsoft released Windows 11 version 23H2 with 150+ new features and changes. It’s a free upgrade for existing Windows 11 22H2 users and compatible Windows 10 devices running version 2004 also upgrade Windows 11 23H2 for free. When you are Ready to update to Windows 11 head over to settings, update and security then hit check for updates. If get Windows 11 notification there, click download install to upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 23H2. However, Users report,  getting the “Windows 11 installation has failed” error or  Windows 11 23H2 upgrade Failed to install on Windows 10. This article explores common Reasons for Windows 11 Installation Failed, and Use the solutions below in order to install Windows 11 successfully.

Windows 11 upgrade Failed to install

This issue usually occurs because the PC doesn’t meet the hardware requirements. Again Windows 11 installation problems can happen because of faulty drivers, Third-party Software Interference, Insufficient Disk Space and more. Here are some common reasons why a Windows 11 upgrade might fail to install:

  • The computer may not meet the minimum system requirements for Windows 11, including CPU, RAM, and TPM version.
  • Windows 11 requires a compatible TPM version, and Secure Boot should be enabled in the BIOS settings.
  • There might not be enough free space on the hard drive to install Windows 11.
  • Some third-party software or security tools can interfere with the installation process.
  • Unnecessary external devices connected during installation can sometimes cause conflicts.
  • Some system files are corrupted on your computer, prevent new updates apply.

Before attempting the upgrade, make sure your Windows 10 installation is fully updated with the latest security and quality updates.

Check the PC for Windows 11 compatibility

Before move to advanced fixes, first check and ensure, your computer meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 11. The latest OS introduces new features and performance enhancements that require specific hardware capabilities. If your system falls short of these requirements, it may display “Windows 11 installation has failed” error.

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
  • RAM: 4 gigabytes (GB)
  • Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
  • System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
  • Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
  • Display: High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel
  • Internet connection and Microsoft accounts: Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use.

Also, you can download and run the PC Health Check app from Microsoft to check Windows 11 compatibility.

PC health check windows 11

Remove external Devices

Some external devices, like printers, scanners, or external hard drives, can sometimes conflict with the upgrade process. Removing them minimizes the chances of such conflicts occurring.

In addition Disconnecting unnecessary external hardware ensures that the installation process can focus solely on the internal components of your computer, reducing the risk of errors or disruptions.

  • First, turn off your computer and Unplug any external hard drives, USB flash drives, printers, scanners, or any other USB devices connected to your computer.
  • If you have multiple monitors connected to your computer, consider disconnecting them.
  • If you have any other external devices like webcams, audio interfaces, or specialized hardware connected, it’s advisable to disconnect them as well.
  • After removing external devices, start your computer, and try install Windows 11 again.

Enable TPM and Secure Boot

Windows 11 requires TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot for enhanced security features. These technologies help protect your system from certain types of attacks and ensure a secure boot process. Enabling them in your BIOS/UEFI settings is essential for a successful upgrade, as Windows 11 relies on these features for its security architecture.

  • Restart your computer and enter the BIOS/UEFI settings (usually by pressing a specific key during startup, like F2, F10, or Del).
  • Navigate to the Security or Boot options and locate the TPM and Secure Boot settings. Enable both features, if available.
  • Save changes and exit the BIOS/UEFI. Your system will now be configured to meet the security requirements for Windows 11.

Bypass TPM and Secure Boot check

If your device doesn’t have a TPM 2.0 chip or secure boot, you can tweak Windows Registry to bypass the TPM (Trusted Platform Module) and Secure Boot checks during the Windows 11 upgrade process.

  • Press the Windows key + R, type regedit and press Enter to open Windows Registry Editor.
  • In the Registry Editor, go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup.
  • Right-click anywhere in the right pane (the empty space) and select “New” and then “Key”. Name the new key LabConfig.
  • Select the newly created LabConfig key. Right-click in the empty space on the right again, and create two new DWORD (32-bit) Value entries. Name them BypassTPMCheck and BypassSecureBootCheck.
  • Double-click on BypassTPMCheck. In the window that appears, change the “Value data” to 1.
  • Repeat the same process for BypassSecureBootCheck, changing the “Value data” to 1.


  • Close the Registry Editor, and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Now this will bypass the TPM and Secure Boot checks that are normally required for a Windows 11 upgrade.

Free Up Disk Space

The upgrade process involves copying and installing large system files, which require sufficient space. If your disk is nearing full capacity, it can lead to installation failures and errors.

Ensure that you have enough free space on your system drive for the upgrade. A

  • Begin by deleting temporary files, clearing the recycle bin, and uninstalling unnecessary programs.
  • Use the built-in Disk Cleanup tool to remove unnecessary files and free up space.
  • Consider moving large media files or documents to an external drive to create additional room for the installation process.

Check internet connection

The upgrade process for Windows 11 involves downloading a significant amount of data. A stable and reliable internet connection ensures that this process can proceed smoothly without interruptions.

  • Ensure that your computer is connected to a stable and reliable network, whether it’s a wired or wireless connection.
  • Verify that your internet connection speed is sufficient for downloading large files. You can use online tools to conduct a speed test to check your internet’s download and upload speeds.
  • Press windows key + R, type ping -t and click to run Confirm that your internet connection is consistent and doesn’t drop frequently.
  • Again Restarting your device and Router helps clear temporary files and refresh system processes, which can improve the overall stability of the system during the upgrade process.
  • If you’re currently using a VPN, disconnect it before starting the upgrade process. This can help avoid potential network conflicts.
  • Sometimes, security software can interfere with the upgrade process. Try disabling it temporarily and then attempt the upgrade again.

Run Windows update troubleshooter

The Windows Update Troubleshooter is a built-in tool designed to automatically detect and resolve common issues that can prevent updates from installing correctly. It can identify problems related to system files, services, and settings.

  • Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  • Click on “Update & Security” then select “Troubleshoot.”
  • Scroll down and under “Get up and running,” locate “Windows Update.” Click on it and then click “Run the troubleshooter.”
  • The troubleshooter will now begin detecting and resolving any issues it finds related to Windows Update.

Windows update troubleshooter

Running the Windows Update Troubleshooter can often help resolve common update-related issues. However, keep in mind that it may not address all issues, especially if they are more complex or specific.

Reset windows update Components

Resetting Windows Update Components can be helpful because it addresses potential issues with the software components responsible for managing Windows updates. These components can sometimes become corrupted or misconfigured, leading to problems with updates, including operating system upgrades.

  • Press windows key + R, type services.msc and click ok
  • Locate windows update service, right click on it select stop

stop windows update service

  • Press Windows key + E to open File Explorer and navigate C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution
  • Open the Download folder, Press ctrl + A to select all files and folders there and press Del button.

Now restart the Windows update service, check for Windows update again, try install the Windows 11 23H2 update on our device.

Run DISM and SFC utility

Again sometimes corrupted system files cause Windows 10 updates to stuck downloading. Run the system file checker which scans and restores missing corrupted system files. If found any the utility will restore them from a special folder located on %WinDir%\System32\dllcache. Wait until 100% complete the scanning process, Then After Restart Windows and check for updates. If SFC Utility Scan Results found corrupted files but unable to fix then Run DISM Tool Which enables SFC Utility to Do its job.

Run SFC and DISM command

Use the Installation Assistant

Also, you can use the official Windows 11 Installation Assistant to upgrade your computer from Windows 10 to Windows 11.

Download Windows Installation assistant

  • Locate the file and open the folder where it’s saved. Right-click the program package, and choose “Run as administrator.”
  • Once the Installation Assistant opens, click “Accept and install.” The assistant will then automatically start downloading and installing Windows 11.

Installation Assistant license terms

Note: If Microsoft’s PC Health Check app has not been installed on your computer, you may see a prompt to use it to check compatibility. In this case, click “Get PC Health Check app,” follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the app, and then use it to verify if your computer can be updated to Windows 11.

If your computer is compatible with Windows 11, click “Refresh” to proceed to the screen for installing Windows 11.

windows 11 installation assistant

The whole process takes some time as it downlaod Windows 11 files from the Microsoft server and installs it, During the process, you can keep using your device as normal.

Make sure all your device drivers, especially graphics and chipset drivers, are up to date. Outdated drivers can sometimes cause compatibility issues during the upgrade process.

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