Users can very easily get swamped by the installation failing in Safe OS for Windows 11. But, the problem is not as complicated as it might look. Check out the following article to understand what causes this error and how to fix it in easy steps.
Users can face an error when trying to upgrade to or install Windows 11 in Safe OS. The reason for this error is a bit difficult to find. There can be either one single culprit or a variety of different reasons contributing to the error. Hence, it is advised by Microsoft, to first try the basic troubleshooting methods before trying error code-specific fixes.
Fixes for Installation failed in Safe OS error on Windows 11:
1) Detach hardware:
Go ahead and unplug all the less important hardware components from your system like, printer, speakers, microphone, external hard drives, etc. Laptop users can try undocking their laptops from the docking station. Check if the Safe OS error for Windows 11 is fixed.
2) Update drivers:
Before you try to update your OS, update the drivers for all the hardware attached to your PC. This can help in avoiding any incompatibility issues due to outdated drivers. Go to Device manager and carefully look for notifications that indicate an available update. Once, all the drivers are updated, try installing Windows 11 again.
3) Deactivate third-party antivirus software:
The antivirus firewall can be preventing crucial actions that are necessary to install the OS on your device. Hence, deactivate it temporarily. Try installing Windows 11 with the firewall down. This should fix the Safe OS error and complete the installation of Windows 11 smoothly.
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4) Remove Unimportant Software:
Check if there is any software on your computer that you rarely use. Uninstall software like that from your device. But before doing so, make sure you have the credentials stored somewhere in case you want to install the software again. Run “Control Panel” by searching for it in the Windows search box. Go to Programs > Programs and features. Uninstall the programs that you think aren’t necessary. Now, try to install Windows 11 again. You will not be bothered by the Safe OS error anymore.
5) Free up space on your Disc:
If removing unwanted software doesn’t work, try to free up some space on your disc. Open ‘This PC’ and check the space available on the drive that has the Windows logo beside it. If the space is less than what is required, you will have to free up some space on it before trying to install Windows 11. The update requires 16 GB of free space on a 32-bit OS and 20 GB on 64-bit OS.
6) Run a DISM scan:
Click on the Windows search box and type “CMD”. Launch Command Prompt as an administrator. Type in the following command – DISM /Online /Cleanup-image /RestoreHealth
Press enter and let the command execute itself. When the scan is complete, try to install Windows 11 and hopefully you won’t get the Safe OS error anymore.