How to fix incompatible application error during Windows 10 Anniversary Update installation

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Seeing an incompatible application error during the Windows 10 Anniversary Update installation is rare. For the vast majority of us, if an app was compatible pre-update, it will work find post-update. There are always exceptions, so if you need to fix an incompatible application error during Windows 10 Anniversary Update installation, here’s what to do.

The error may present an error code of 0xC1900208 or 0x4000C. Neither of these are new to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and have happened before.

Fix incompatible application error during Windows 10 Anniversary Update installation
The first thing to do when troubleshooting any upgrade is to turn off any third-party security programs such as firewalls and antivirus. Then try the process again. This should fix the issue for many users.

Otherwise, most Windows websites will tell you to simply uninstall the incompatible app and retry the download. That’s all very well but Windows doesn’t actually tell you which app is causing the issue. You can try uninstall all of them if you like, or try this:

1. Open a CMD window as an administrator.
2. Type or paste ‘net stop bits’.
3. Type or paste ‘net stop wuauserv’.
4. Type or paste ‘net stop appidsvc’.
5. Type or paste ‘net stop cryptsvc’.
6. Type or paste ‘ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak’.
7. Type or paste ‘ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak’.
8. Type or paste ‘net start bits’.
9. Type or paste ‘net start wuauserv’.
10. Type or paste ‘net start appidsvc’.
11. Type or paste ‘net start cryptsvc’.
12. Reboot your PC.


Essentially what you are doing is stopping all of the Windows Update component services, renaming the download file and causing Windows Update to recreate it. This should definitely fix the error!

More Windows 10 error fixes:
How to fix Windows 10 FAT_FILE_SYSTEM error
How to fix Windows 10 HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED error
How to fix Windows 10 Shell Infrastructure Critical Error


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