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How to Fix Windows Could Not Complete The Installation

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Written by Kelly Houstan

In order to Install Windows On This Computer, Restart The Installation: If you guys are facing this error then it actually means you guys are using Audit Mode to install Windows which is the main cause of this error. Whenever Windows boots for the very first time then either it can also boot to Windows Welcome Mode as well as Audit Mode. Just read this article to know all about How to Fix Windows Could Not Complete The Installation. Let’s begin!

Audit Mode is actually a network-enabled environment where a user can actually add customizations to Windows images. Whenever Windows starts it also shows you a Welcome screen immediately after installation, But one can skip this Welcome screen and boot directly to audit mode rather. In short Audit, Mode permits you in order to boot directly to Desktop after Windows installation.

Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on
this computer, restart the installation.

Also, the main issue in this error is that you guys are stuck in actually a Reboot loop and that’s why it’s more annoying. Now you guys know about Audit Mode and Welcome Mode it’s time how you can fix this error. So without wasting any time let’s now see how you can Install Windows when in Audit Mode.

How to Fix Windows Could Not Complete The Installation

Enable Administrator Account

  • First, on the error screen, just tap on Shift + F10 in order to open Command Prompt.
  • Then type the following command and click on Enter: MMC
  • Next tap on File > Add/Remove Snap-in.
  • Choose Computer Management and then double-tap on it.
  • In the new window that opens, just choose Local computer and then tap on Finish followed by OK.

Could Not Complete The Installation

  • Then double-tap on Computer Management (Local) > System Tools > Local Users and Groups > Users > Administrator as well.
  • Now make sure to Uncheck the “Account is disabled” option and tap on OK.
  • Next, right-tap on the Administrator and then choose Set Password and then set a strong password to start.
  • At last, close each and verything and restart your PC. After the restart, you guys may be able to Fix Windows that Could Not Complete The Installation.

Run Automatic Repair

  • Just insert the Windows 10 bootable installation DVD and then restart your PC.
  • When prompted to tap on any key in order to boot from CD or DVD, tap on any key to continue.
  • Choose your language preferences, and tap on Next. Click Repair your PC in the bottom-left.
  • Now on choose an option screen, tap on Troubleshoot.
  • Then on Troubleshoot screen, just click on the Advanced option.
  • On the Advanced options screen, tap on Automatic Repair or Startup Repair.
  • Now, wait till the Windows Automatic/Startup Repairs are complete.
  • Just restart and you guys have successfully Fix Windows Could Not Complete The Installation Error.

Start Account Creation Wizard | Could Not Complete The Installation

  • Again open the Command Prompt on the error screen via tapping on Shift + F10.
  • Then type the following command and click on Enter: cd C:\windows\system32\oobe
  • Now again type “msoobe” (without quotes) and click on Enter.
  • Well, the above will start the user account creation wizard, so just create a generic account and its password.

Note: Just keep your product key ready as much time is required. If it asks for OEM/No and then simply click on finish.

  • When you do click Finish and close everything. Restart your PC you may also have successfully fix Windows Could Not Complete The Installation. To Install Windows On This Computer, just Restart The Installation.

Registry Fix

  • Well, on the same error screen press Shift + F10 in order to open Command Prompt.
  • Then type the following command and click on Enter: regedit
  • Now in the Registry Editor, just navigate to the following key: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status
  • You have to adjust the following values if they guys don’t really match the following:

Note: In order to change the value of the below keys double tap on them and then enter the new value.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\AuditBoot                                              Value: 0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\ChildCompletion\setup.exe               Value: 3
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\ChildCompletion\audit.exe                Value: 0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\SysprepStatus\CleanupState             Value: 2
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\SysprepStatus\GeneralizationState  Value: 7
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\UnattendPasses\auditSystem            Value: 0

  • Now after a Reboot, the Audit Mode is disabled and Windows starts regularly – in the Out of Box Experience mode as well.

Disable Audit Mode | Could Not Complete The Installation

Running Sysprep command each and every time resets Windows licensing the state to default. So if your Windows is activated and you just run this command, you’ll actually need to reactivate Windows after executing this command.

  • You have to open Command Prompt on the error screen.
  • Then type the following command in the cmd and click on Enter: sysprep /oobe /generalize
  • This will basically disable the Audit Mode.
  • Just close everything and then reboot your PC normally.
  • If you guys are still facing this issue and then again open cmd.
  • Then type the following command and click on Enter: regedit
  • Now just navigate to the following registry key:


  • Just highlight the State Registry key, and then right-click on ImageState in the right window pane and tap on Delete.
  • When you deleted the string, then close everything and restart your PC.

Change Password Requirements | Could Not Complete The Installation

This error tends to pop-up when in Audit Mode and the computer actually has just been joined to a domain. The error is caused by password requirements that are added to the local security policy. This typically includes a minimum password length and password complexity.

  • First of all, you have to open the Command prompt on the error screen as well.
  • Then type the following command and then click on Enter: secpol.msc
  • Now navigate to Account Policies > Password Policy.
  • Now, you have to change “Minimum password length” to 0 and then just disable “Password must meet complexity requirements.
  • Then apply the changes and then just exit the Security Policy console.
  • Tap on OK on the error message in order to reboot your PC.


Well, That is all from my side. If you want to know more about this article or have any queries. Then feel free to ask me anything in the comments section below.

Have a Good Day!

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