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Windows 11 Updates Are Giving Some Users Mystery Error Messages!

It’s been over 6-months since Windows 11 was officially released, and, for all intents and purposes, the operating system is currently flopping in terms of adoption rates. The latest figures suggest that it only has an 8.45% market share across the overall ‘Windows’ platform. A figure that’s, incidentally, around 4% lower than the now unsupported Windows 7!

Admittedly, there are various reasons why Windows 11 isn’t doing well. For some, it’s the rather terse system requirements the operating system has. For others, it’s the whole business of having to enable TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot. For what I think is the vast majority of people, however, they either don’t want to upgrade to it (being perfectly happy on Windows 10) or are simply holding fire until most of the bugs have been worked out.

And speaking of bugs, following a report via TechRadar, it seems that a new one has been identified within Windows 11. Namely, upon attempting to install updates, a growing number of users have started reporting that a yet unknown error code appears and the operating system looks to roll itself back to the prior version!

Windows 11 Update Bug

Various Windows 11 users have started reporting that when attempting to install updates for the operating system, they’re getting met with a mystery “0xc1900101” error code. Put simply, the update fails to install and Windows 11 rolls itself back to the prior version. – While a frustrating enough issue in itself, the rabbit hole does go deeper as even Microsoft themselves are apparently unaware as to why this is happening.

A common theory is that this might be an issue with people who have ‘preview’ builds of the operating system. We should note though that reports of this error code have also been made by people utilising the standard version. Some theories suggest that it might be something to do with a driver conflict (possibly graphics card related), others believe it may be an issue with the amount of free space on the storage drive. – The bottom line, however, is that if you are getting this error, the best advice for the moment appears to be to temporarily disable updates and, well… Wait.

Microsoft has confirmed that they are investing the issue, and, all going well, and with a little patience, this will likely be resolved in the coming weeks. – As a Windows 11 user, however, I can say that I’ve not experienced this issue myself, and, overall, it does appear to only be affecting a relatively small number of people. With this in mind, therefore, a hardware conflict does seem to be the best prevailing theory at the moment, but we will, of course, keep you posted!

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

Mike Sanders

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