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How to fix the error code 0xc190020e?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

This error code means that there is a problem with the Windows Update process. This can happen for a number of reasons, including a corrupt update file, a problem with the Windows Update service, or a problem with the computer's hardware.

1. Try installing the updates again

To try installing the updates again in order to fix error code 0xc190020e, follow these steps:

  1. Start your computer and sign in to Windows.
  2. Click on the Start button and select Settings.
  3. Under the Update and Security heading, click on the Check for updates button.
  4. Once the updates are downloaded and installed, click on the Restart button.
  5. After your computer has restarted, sign in to Windows again.
  6. Click on the Start button and select Programs and Features.
  7. Under the Program Files heading, select the Microsoft Update service.
  8. Click on the Update button.
  9. If the update is available, it will be listed in the Download and Update section. Click on the OK button to download and install the update.
  10. Once the update is installed, click on the OK button to restart your computer.
  11. If the update is not available, then the error code 0xc190020e will be displayed.

2. If you're using Windows 10, try using the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB drive or DVD, and then install Windows 10 from scratch

If you're using Windows 10, try using the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB drive or DVD, and then install Windows 10 from scratch.

3. Use the Windows 10 Recovery Drive to go back to a previous version of Windows 10

  1. If you are using a computer that is not connected to the internet, you will first need to connect to the internet.
  2. Once you are connected to the internet, open the Start menu and search for “Settings”.
  3. Once you have found the Settings screen, click on it.
  4. Under the General section, click on the Recovery drive.
  5. If you are using a USB drive, you will need to insert it into the computer. If you are using a CD or DVD, you will need to put it into the drive.
  6. If you are using a USB drive, you will need to click on the “Choose a drive” button.
  7. You will then need to select the Windows 10 Recovery Drive.
  8. If you are using a CD or DVD, you will need to click on the “Open” button.
  9. You will then need to select the Windows 10 Recovery Drive.
  10. If you are using a USB drive, you will need to click on the “Restore” button.
  11. You will then need to select the Windows 10 Recovery Drive.
  12. You will then need to click on the “Start” button.
  13. You will then need to choose the language you want to use.
  14. You will then need to choose the country you want to use.
  15. You will then need to choose the time zone you want to use.
  16. You will then need to choose the keyboard layout you want to use.
  17. You will then need to choose the user account you want to use.
  18. You will then need to click on the “Next” button.
  19. You will then need to enter your password.
  20. You will then need to click on the “Finish” button.

4. If you're using Windows 8.1, try using the Refresh your PC feature to go back to a clean version of Windows 8.1

  1. On your computer, open the Charms bar and click the Search button.
  2. In the Search Results pane, type Refresh your PC and click the Refresh your PC button.
  3. If you get an error message, follow the instructions that appear to fix the problem.

5. Use the Reset your PC feature to go back to a clean version of Windows 10

  1. Open Settings by going to the Start Menu and clicking on the Settings icon.
  2. Select System and then click on the Recovery option.
  3. Select the Reset your PC option and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. Once your PC has restarted, it will be in a clean state and you will be able to fix error code 0xc190020e.

If the answers above didn't work then you should also try:

  1. Reinstall Windows 10 from scratch.