Top Tricks to Resolve Windows 10 ‘Something Happened’ error messages
So Windows 10 is here and you can’t wait to get going… However you may find your excitement turns to frustration as you are faced with the meaningless ‘Something Happened’ error message. I imagine people will have this message emblazoned on T-Shirts and mugs as it becomes the latest Meme to spread via social media…
So what’s the issue? Well, put simply Windows 10 is a bit ‘high-maintenance’ or perhaps we should say ‘overly picky’? Your current version of Windows must be in a clean and pure state to enjoy the privilege of upgrading to Windows 10 or she will not entertain you!
Other vague error messages include ‘Setup could not initialize the working directory’ and others. Why Windows 10 error handling is so poor is a mystery, however the following 5 solutions may assist you in solving some of these errors…
- Fix 1 — Resolve space issues before Windows 10 is installed
- Fix 2 — Set the system locale before you install Windows 10
- Fix 3 — Core Windows files may be corrupt so verify using the SFC tool
- Fix 4 — Windows Update errors prevents Windows 10 from installing
- Fix 5 — Windows 10 fails due to Windows Update database corruption
- Fix CPU Compatibility Issue — This is a specific Windows 10 error and have included it at the end if you face this issue.
Windows 10 may require up to 20gb of space to install. The installation will not always report that you are low on disk space and error with ‘Something Happened’. To create more space open a search box and search for the Windows Disk Clean up tool…
You could also temporarily move files located in C:\Windows\Installer to another partition/disk and move them back after Windows has finished installing to free up space.
Change your Locale to United States. Windows 10 does alert you to this during the install however not always so best to change it before you start. Go to Control Panel and click on Clock, Language, and Region then Region and Language. Click on the Administrative tab and under Language for non-Unicode programs, click Change system locale and change it to United States.
Windows may have issue with corruption. Corruption of files or databases within Windows can prevent Windows 10 from installing. To check is everything is ok you will need to open a command prompt with admin rights and enter:
The sfc /scannow command will scan all protected system files, and replace corrupted files with a cached copy that is located in a compressed folder at %WinDir%\System32\dllcache. The %WinDir% placeholder represents the Windows operating system folder. For example, C:\Windows. A Log file will be created at %WinDir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log
Windows 10 can also have issues if Windows Update is corrupted. You may receive error messages such as:
Use the Windows Update Fix IT tool to resolve issues with Windows Update, click the icon below to download the tool:
If that does not resolve your issue try running DISM or System Update Readiness tool as follows…
For Windows 8.1, Windows 8
Open a command prompt with admin privileges and run the commands:
c:\DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
c:\DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
DISM creates a log file (%windir%/Logs/CBS/CBS.log) that captures any issues that the tool found or fixed. %windir% is the folder in which Windows is installed. For example, the %windir% folder is C:\Windows.
For Windows 7
To resolve this problem in Windows 7, use the System Update Readiness tool here for your version of the OS:
x86-based (32-bit) versions of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 7 Download the package now.
x64-based (64-bit) versions of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 7 Download the package now
Fixing Windows 10 install issues by purging the Windows Updates database. Open a Command Prompt with admin rights and run the following commands (suggest the use of a batch file to make life easier!):
net stop bits
net stop wuauserv
net stop appidsvc
net stop cryptsvc Del “%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr*.dat”
Ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
Ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak
sc.exe sdset bits
sc.exe sdset wuauserv D:A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;SY)A;;CCDCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRSDRCWDWO;;;BA)(A;;CCLCSWLOCRRC;;;AU)(A;;CCLCSWRPWPDTLOCRRC;;;PU)
cd /d %windir%\system32regsvr32.exe atl.dll
netsh winsock reset
net start bits
net start wuauserv
net start appidsvc
net start cryptsvc
This will completely reset Windows Update and hopefully allow Windows 10 to install.
Fix CPU Compatibility
Finally you may have a very specific error message about your CPU not being compatible with Windows 10. If so there is a great article here:
How to Fix: CPU Not Compatible with Windows 10 Error
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