Windows Could Not Update the Computer’s Boot Configuration (Solved)

When a user is trying to install windows (Old or New) or from Windows installation USB drive, they face an error like “Windows could not update the computer’s boot configuration. installation cannot proceed.” this error indicates that boot setup is damaged or not configured for the installation. Read this article to explore how to fix windows installation cannot proceed error for boot configuration.

How to Fix Windows Could Not Update the Computer’s Boot Configuration?

  1. Repair the Boot Manager

If a user is unable to install or update their windows because of boot configuration, then users need to repair the boot manager. Here is the process,

  • Open settings (Windows+I), select update and security
  • Choose the recover option and find advance startup, now click on the restart button for starting the pc for a device or USB drive

Windows Could Not Update the Computer's Boot Configuration

  • Now in the advance option, select the command prompt option

Windows Could Not Update the Computer's Boot Configuration

  • Now type the following commands,

bootrec /RebuildBcd

bootrec /fixMbr

bootrec /fixboot

Once the process is complete, restart your PC and check for the error. If you are still facing “Windows could not update the computer’s boot configuration”, try other methods.

  1. Disable UEFI in BIOS
  • Reboot your PC and once the window startup, press the BIOS setting keys (F10, F2, F12, F1, or DEL)
  • After that, select the arrow key to select Secure Boot Configuration under the security menu(or boot)
  • Now in the UEFI BIOS menu, go to Secure Boot setting and set it to “Disabled”
  • Then in BIOS boot menu, change it to legacy from UEFI

Windows Could Not Update the Computer's Boot Configuration

Press F10 and save all changes and start the boot process. Once you disable UEFI settings, the installation process will run smoothly without any issue. However, if you still facing the error “Windows could not update the computer’s boot configuration”, then try other methods.

  1. DiskPart Manual Boot Configuration

If all of the above methods fail, users can initiate the clean install option. In this method, users need to clean the partition along with the drive and install windows. Make sure to back up all your data before applying this method.

  • When you face installation cannot complete error, press shift+F10
  • This will redirect users to the advance command prompt option (just like we did in the first method.)
  • Now type “wmic logicaldisk get name” to find all disk name on the computer
  • Now if you are not aware of the disk name where you want to install new windows, type DIR <drive letter> where users can change the drive letter. Once you find the window folder in one of the drive letters, you can move forward with the installation
  • Now type Diskpart and it will redirect the user to another command prompt

Windows Could Not Update the Computer's Boot Configuration

  • After that, type “list disk”, it will provide a list of disk available on your PC, then type “select disk 1”
  • The command will comeback with a message that reads “Partition 1 is the selected volume”
  • Once you complete these steps, you can move forwards with the clean installation, but first users need to make a partition
  • Now follow this step to clean the disk, create partition and exit the disk part

Clean

Create Partition Primary

Exit

Now restart your PC and once the installation begins, check for the error message. This method will clean the disk that could create the error like “Windows could not update the computer’s boot configuration”. Once you follow this method, there are no data on the system that could create a conflict and produce this error.

FAQ for Windows Boot Configuration Error

  • Why Windows Boot Configuration Error occurs?

The error “Windows could not update the computer’s boot configuration” occurs when the boot manager is corrupted or damaged. The other possibility is UEFI or corrupt partition. These factors could affect the installation process of windows.

  • How to fix Windows could not update the boot configuration?

If you are facing a boot configuration error while installing windows, apply the following methods to fix the issue.

  1. Repair the Boot Manager
  2. Disable UEFI in BIOS
  3. DiskPart Manual Boot Configuration

Conclusion

Most users face many errors while installing or updating their Windows Operating System. One of the common errors is “Windows could not update the computer’s boot configuration. installation cannot proceed”. in this article, we have provided information about how to fix Windows Boot Configuration Error that prevents users to install windows. If you have any questions about this article, ask us in the comment section.