How to fix error 0xc1900223 when installing Feature update to Windows 10?

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Issue: How to fix error 0xc1900223 when installing Feature update to Windows 10?

Hello. The question is simple –  what should I do with an error code 0xc1900223, which is triggered by the installation of Windows 10 feature update, version 1903. Thanks for any help.

Solved Answer

0xc1900223 is one of the codes that emerge on the database of Windows 10 errors. By category, it fits the Windows update error group since it's usually triggered by the installation of the Feature updates, such as the 1903 version[1]. In fact, most of the respondents who reported this error were trying to run the 1903 version, which is one of the latest Feature updates. 

Based on the reports[2], the 0xc1900223 error shows up at the end of the updating process, i.e. when the progress jumps over 90% and over. There may be various reasons why this error can occur, including but not limited to: 

  • corrupted files;
  • software incompatibility (especially AV tools);
  • corrupted Windows Update files;

One of the most common reasons why this particular update error occurred on Windows – Pi-Hole[3] software. It's a VPN-like DNS based ad-blocker. Although it's widely used by Windows users to prevent websites from loading malicious content, and similar advertising/malwaretising activities, it may infringe the update processes and trigger errors like 0xc1900223

Windows update error 0xc1900223

Feature update to Windows 10, version 1903 – Error 0xc1900223

Nevertheless, that's not the only known reason for this kind of problem. Experts point out that the error may emerge because of inconsistent of compromised system files, inaccessibility of certain update locations, and similar. Thus, one of the possible  0xc1900223 error fixes would be the installation of the error via the $GetCurrent folder. 

Last, but not least, the Windows update process can fail if the virus or malicious virus remnants are running in the background of the system. Thus, we recommend scanning the system with reliable security software to check the system for malware and temporarily disable the security software. Since there may be many different reasons why this problem may occur, we'll provide all possible ways to fix 0xc1900223 error when installing Windows feature update. 

Disable/remove Pi-Hole

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If you are or have been using the software known as Pi-Hole, we strongly recommend you to try installing the feature update when the Pi-Hole is disabled. If that doesn't help, then try to remove it, flush the DNS[4] service, and then restart the update. We'll explain everything in details:

  • Press the Windows key and type cmd in the search box. 
  • Right-click on the Command Prompt option and select Run as Administrator.
  • Click Yes on the User Account Control pop-up. 
    Open elevated Command Prompt
  • Then enter the following command and press Enter to run it: 

    pihole

  • After that, enter the next command and hit Enter:

    pihole disable

  • If the command has successfully been activated, try to install Windows update. If the process was successful and the 0xc1900223 error did not shoe, you can re-enable Pi-Hole. Open the Command Prompt as explained above and enter the following command:

    pihole enable

If disabling the application failed to solve the problem and you still received the error during the update install, we recommend uninstalling Pi-Hole and flushing the DNS service: 

  • Open the Command Prompt as explained above. 
    Open elevated Command Prompt
  • Type the following command in the command prompt window and press Enter to activate it:

    pihole uninstall

  • After that, restart your computer and flush the DNS. For this purpose, you should open the elevated Command Prompt again. 
    Flush DNS service
  • Once opened, enter the following commands one-by-one and press Enter after each:
    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /registerdns
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew

Enable the $GetCurrent and $SysReset folders in the C:/ drive

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The $GetCurrent and $SysReset Reset folders may contain some crucial files related to the Windows Update processes. Windows experts claim that force installing the update by accessing the subfolders of the mentioned domains might help. However, the $GetCurrent folder is hidden by default, so you should either unhide it or access directly via the address bar: 

  • Open the File Explorer. Paste the C:/$getcurrent to the navigation bar and press Enter  (C:/ stands for the letter corresponding to the OS type, so change it if needed). 
    Force install updates
  • If you cannot find the $GetCurrent folder this way, then open File Explorer, open View tab, and select Hidden items.
  • Now open the Media folder and double-click on the Start executable file. 
  • Now the update should be launched successfully. 

Reset the Windows Update

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In case of the error code 0xc1900223 on Windows 10 occurs because some missing, stopped or corrupt Windows Update components, we recommend you to reset Windows Update components as explained below:

  • Press the Windows key and type cmd in the search box. 
  • Right-click on the Command Prompt option and select Run as Administrator.
  • Click Yes on the User Account Control pop-up. 
    Open elevated Command Prompt
  • Once the elevated Command Prompt opens, enter the following commands one-by-one, and press Enter after each one:

    net stop wuauserv
    net stop cryptSvc
    net stop bits
    net stop msiserver

  • Now press Windows key + E keys to open File Explorer.
  • Open the Windows folder and right-click on the SoftwareDistribution folder. 
  • Select the Rename option and name it as SoftwareDistribution.old.
  • Now open the System32 subfolder and right-click the catroot2 to rename it into Catroot2.old.
    Reset Windows Update components
  • After that, restart the machine, re-open the Command Prompt and type the following commands in the command run:

    net start wuauserv
    net start cryptSvc
    net start bits
    net start msiserver

Upgrade Windows manually using Media Creation Tool

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If the previous methods did not help to fix 0xc1900223 error, we would strongly recommend trying a manual installation of the Windows feature update. Here's what you should do:
Install Media Creation Tool

  • Open to the official Microsoft's website where you can download the official Media Creation Tool. 
  • Click on the Download Tool Now button. 
  • After that, select Upgrade This PC Now. The update now should automatically be installed. 

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Prevent websites, ISP, and other parties from tracking you

Private Internet Access is a VPN that can prevent your Internet Service Provider, the government, and third-parties from tracking your online and allow you to stay completely anonymous. The software provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, ensuring optimal performance and not slowing you down. You can also bypass geo-restrictions and view such services as Netflix, BBC, Disney+, and other popular streaming services without limitations, regardless of where you are.

A VPN is also crucial when it comes to user privacy. Online trackers such as cookies can not only be used by social media platforms and other websites but also your Internet Service Provider and the government. Even if you apply the most secure settings via your web browser, you can still be tracked via apps that you are connected to the internet. Besides, privacy-focused browsers like Tor is are not an optimal choice due to diminished connection speed.

Therefore, to stay completely anonymous and prevent the ISP and the government from spying on you, you should employ Private Internet Access VPN. It will allow you to connect to the internet while being completely anonymous, prevent trackers, ads, as well as malicious content. Most importantly, you will prevent the illegal surveillance activities that NSA and other governmental institutions are performing behind your back.

 

Recover your lost files quickly

Unforeseen circumstances can happen at any time while using the computer: it can turn off due to a power cut, a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) can occur, or random Windows updates can decide to reboot the machine when you went away for a few minutes. As a result, your schoolwork, important documents, and other data might be lost.

Additionally, you might also be attacked by malware that can corrupt your Windows or encrypt files with a robust encryption algorithm, and ask for a ransom in Bitcoin for the decryption tool. Cybercriminals might not deliver what they promised, however, so it is better to attempt alternative file recovery methods that could help you to retrieve at least some portion of the lost data.

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