How To Fix The Something Happened Error During Windows 10 Installation

With so many users simultaneously trying to access the Windows 10 download, some problems are bound to occur. Yesterday we covered the method to manually trigger the update to show up on licensed machines. If you did manage to get your hands on it, you might still not be in the clear. The installation can get stuck at certain percentages, or might throw up the dreaded Something Happened error. Thankfully, there are already a lot of fixes floating around for these problems, and most of them are quite easy to apply. For the Something Happened error, you just need to tweak a few System Configuration options before seeing the installation commence successfully.

The Something Happened error is showing up for some users who are updating to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8 directly. The most obvious solution is to perform a clean install, but in some instances even that might not help if you have tried going the upgrade route at least once before. So, here is a sure-shot way of making sure that you get Windows 10 up and running on your computer with minimum possible fuss.

Fix Something Happened Error - Windows 10 Installation

Using MS Config To Fix The Something Happened Error

  1. After the error, you will be reverted to the OS you were previously using. So, start your system and wait for it to boot fully.
  2. Open the System Configurations box. This can be done by typing msconfig in Run or typing this in the Search area.
  3. Go to the ‘General’ tab in this box.
  4. Look for the check-box labeled ‘Selective startup’ and make sure you have it selected. The two options under it should also remain checked.
  5. Go to the ‘Services’ tab.
  6. At the bottom of the opened dialog box, find the ‘Hide all Microsoft services’ option and check it. This results in only third-party processes showing up in the list.
  7. Click the ‘Disable All’ button.
  8. Choose the ‘Apply’ option and wait for all the changes to take effect.
  9. Reboot the system, if it doesn’t restart automatically.
  10. Go to your C drive, and change folder settings to reveal all hidden files and folders.
  11. Delete any folder whose name starts with $Windows.
  12. Go to the link provided at the end of this post and download a new Windows 10 image. Proceed with Windows 10 installation in the normal manner. You shouldn’t see the Something Happened error message this time round.

Once Windows 10 is active, go to msconfig again and re-check the ‘Normal startup’ option. This will ensure that you don’t face any problems during your daily usage.

In addition to fixing the Something Happened error, the above procedure is also good for most users who want a clean Windows 10 install without any complications.

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