If you encounter the error message Windows could not update registry data in the installation when you attempt to install Windows 10, then this post is intended to help you. In this post, we will provide the most suitable solutions you can try to successfully resolve this issue.
Windows could not update registry data in the installation
If you’re faced with this issue, you can try our recommended solutions below in no particular order and see if that helps to resolve the issue.
- Create a fresh Windows 10 installation media
- Convert drive to GPT
- Run CHKDSK
- Replace hard drive.
Let’s take a look at the description of the process involved concerning each of the listed solutions.
1] Create a fresh Windows 10 installation media
It’s likely that the Windows 10 image file on the installation media is corrupted or missing some critical files.
This solution requires you to create another installation media and then retry the install procedure.
If you still receive the error message, you can try the next solution.
2] Convert drive to GPT
MBR (Master Boot Record) and GPT (GUID Partition Table) are two different ways of storing the partitioning information on a drive. This information includes where partitions start and begin, so your operating system knows which sectors belong to each partition and which partition is bootable. This is why you have to choose MBR or GPT before creating partitions on a drive.
GPT is a new standard that’s gradually replacing MBR. It’s associated with UEFI, which replaces the legacy BIOS with something more modern. GPT, in turn, replaces the MBR partitioning system with something more modern. It’s called GUID Partition Table because every partition on your drive has a “globally unique identifier,” or GUID—a random string so long that every GPT partition on earth likely has its own unique identifier.
This solution requires you to convert your drive to GPT and then retry the Windows 10 install and see if it completes without any errors.
3] Run CHKDSK
Using CHKDSK is also one solution that is proved to be effective to fix this issue.
To run CHKDSK, do the following:
- Press Windows key + R to invoke the Run dialog.
- In the Run dialog box, type cmd and then press CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER to open Command Prompt in admin/elevated mode.
- In the command prompt window, type the command below and hit Enter.
chkdsk /x /f /r
You will receive the following message:
Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N).
- Press the Y key on the keyboard and then reboot your computer to let CHKDSK to check and fix the errors on the computer hard drive.
After CHKDSK completes, retry the Windows 10 install. If the issue persists, try the next solution.
4] Replace the hard drive
At this point, if you’re still grappling with this error, it’s safe to assume you have a failed drive. In which case, you need to replace the drive with a healthy one. To be certain the drive has failed or it’s imminent, you can check the health of your drive using S.M.A.R.T.
Hope you find this post helpful!