You get the Windows 10 could not complete the installation because of many reasons. Some of the causes of this error are the usage of ‘Audit Mode’, corruption in the registry files, any problem in the password policy. Even, you can encounter this problem, if the user account is not created. Also, if the ‘Administrator account’ is not created, then also there is a possibility for you to face this problem. When the user confronts this error, the machine gets stuck in a ‘Restart’ loop. In the next section, you will get solutions to correct this problem.
Solutions to Resolve the Windows 10 Installation Error
This section of the article will provide you with various easy steps that will help you to solve the Windows 10 could not complete the installation.
Initiate the Account Creation Wizard
You can get this error if the user account is not created in the normal way. In order to create a user account, follow the steps underneath.
- First, tap on the ‘Start’ button. Then, within the search area type “command prompt” and press on the ‘Enter’ key.
- Next, from the search result, choose the option ‘Command Prompt’. This will open a new window that has the same name as that of the option you have chosen.
- In this window, type the following command – “cd C:\windows\system32\oobe” and then hit the ‘Enter’ button to execute this command.
- After that, type “msoobe” and tap on the key ‘Enter’ to run it.
- The output of it will initiate the account creation wizard. Once this wizard starts, then you can make a general user account with a password.
- After the creation of that account is complete, tap on the button ‘Finish’. Finally, reboot the machine to affirm any alteration made to it.
Correct the Registry Files
Due to some corrupt registry files, you can confront with the Windows 10 could not complete the installation problem. To fix this, all you to do is to alter the value of the corrupt registry files.
- First, right-click on the ‘Start button and then, from the options menu choose the ‘Run’ option. This will launch the ‘Run’ dialog box.
- In this dialog box, just after the label ‘Open’, type in the command “cmd” and then hit the ‘Enter’ key. This opens a new window that has the name ‘Command Prompt’.
- Now, type “regedit” and tap ‘Enter’ to execute that command.
- It will open a new window called ‘Registry Editor’.
- Inside this window, type the following on the address bar: “Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status”
- After that, change the values of the following keys. In order to alter the value of each of the following keys double-click on them, then input the new number beside the label ‘Value’. “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\AuditBoot – Value: 0”, “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\ChildCompletion\setup.exe – Value: 3”, “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\SysprepStatus\CleanupState – Value: 2”, “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\UnattendPasses\auditSystem – Value: 0”, “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\ChildCompletion\audit.exe – Value: 0”, “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\SysprepStatus\GeneralizationState – Value: 7”
- At last, restart the computer. After the next boot up process, Windows will normally start.
Alter any Requirements of the Password
If in the local security policy of the Windows OS, the requirement of password gets appended, then that can cause this problem to occur. The simplest way to get rid of this issue is to alter the password requirement only. Here, the steps to do it are given below.
- Follow the first and second steps of the previous point and open the ‘Command Prompt’ window.
- Next, within this window, type “secpol.msc” and then, press the ‘Enter’ key to run that command.
- It will launch a new window saying ‘Local Security Policy’. Inside this window, on the left panel, choose the folder ‘Account Policies’.
- After that, from the expanded list, select the folder ‘Password Policy’. The files within this folder will show up on the right panel of the window.
- From the list of files present, double-click on the file ‘Minimum password length’ and alter the value to ‘zero’. Also, double-click on another file ‘Password must meet complexity requirements’ and disable this file.
- Now, confirm these alterations and close this window.
- Lastly, restart your PC.
Procedure to Deactivate the Audit Mode
You need to disable the ‘Audit Mode’, in order to get rid of the Windows could not complete the installation windows 10 issue. For that to happen, you must have to follow the steps underneath.
- Follow the first two steps from the initial point of this section to open ‘Command Prompt’.
- In that window, type the command “sysprep /oobe /generalize” and then hit the ‘Enter’ key to run it. This command basically deactivates the ‘Audit Mode’.
- Once the execution of the previous command gets over, simply reboot the computer.
- Even after performing the previous three steps, if you are still facing this problem, then once again open the ‘Command Prompt’ window.
- After that, type “regedit” and tap on the ‘Enter’ key to run it. This command will open ‘Registry Editor’.
- On the ‘Registry Editor’ window, enter the following key on the address bar – “ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\State”.
- Now, from the list of keys present on the right pane of the window, locate and choose the key ‘ImageState’. After that, right-click on it and select the option ‘Delete’.
- When the removal of the above key is over, then close the window. Finally, reboot the PC.
Steps to Activate the Administrator Account
Here, in this point, you will get the steps on how to activate the administrator account on Windows 10 OS.
- First, right-click on the ‘Start’ button present within the Taskbar on the bottom extreme left side of the window. Now, from the options menu, choose the ‘Run’ option.
- This will start the Run dialog box.
- Inside that dialog box, type ‘mmc’ and hit ‘OK’. This will open the new window ‘Console1 – [Console Root]’.
- Within that window, navigate to the menu bar and tap on the menu ‘File’. After that, from the list of options, choose ‘Add/Remove Snap-in’.
- Now, from the new dialog box that shows up, go to the left panel and from the list of items under the heading ‘Snap-in’, find and select ‘Computer Management’. Double-click on that option, to open another dialog box.
- On this dialog box, choose the option ‘Local computer’. At last, hit on ‘Finish’ and then ‘OK’.
- In the window that you have already opened on the third step, double-click on the option ‘Computer Management (Local)’. Next, from the list of sub-options, double-click on ‘System Tools’. Once again, under this sub-options, double-click on ‘Local Users and Groups’.
- Now, double-click on the folder ‘Users’. Then, select the item ‘Administrator’. This opens a new dialog box ‘Administrator Properties’. Tap on the ‘General’ tab. Next, be sure to untick the option ‘Account is disabled’. Hit ‘Apply’, then ‘OK’.
- Right-click on the option ‘Admnistrator’. Then, from a list of the popup options list, choose ‘Set Password…’. Set a new password and to confirm it, press ‘OK’.
- Lastly, close each window and dialog boxes that you have opened and restart the machine.
As a conclusion of the article about the error Windows 10 could not complete the installation, one thing can be said, that is, if all the steps on the previous section are followed carefully, then you can avert this error. If, even after following every step you fail to rectify this error, then do not worry. Provide the details of your problem in the comment section at the bottom of this website.