With that said, here’s how to fix Windows Update error C1900208 using the Media Creation Tool.
Please note that there are two ways you can use this tool: either you can download the Windows 10 install files directly to the hard drive (assuming you have enough space; roughly 8GB required), or you can download the install files onto a USB thumb drive or DVD if you plan on installing Windows 10 on more than 1 PC in the home.
In either case, you will need to collect some information about your computer so you download the correct Media Tool program and install media (if you’re downloading onto USB or DVD).
To do so:
- Open up an Administrative Command prompt: click Start and type in “cmd” (no quotes) without pressing Enter on the keyboard; wait for CMD.EXE or “Command Prompt” to appear in the list and then right click it and “Run as Administrator”.
- Using your mouse, highlight all the text below:
systeminfo | findstr /B /C:”OS Name” /C:”System Locale” /C:”System Type”
- Now, right click over top of the highlighted text above, and select Copy from the dialogue menu.
- Go back to the command prompt you opened in Step #1 and right click on an empty area of the window. A dialogue menu should appear; select Paste, then press Enter on the keyboard to execute. You will see something similar to the following output:
OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
System Type: x64-based PC
System Locale: en-us;English (United States)
- Now it’s time to download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. Depending on your “System Type” as identified in the previous step, you will want either the 32-bit Media Tool or the 64-bit Media tool.
- Run the windows 10 Media Creation Tool you downloaded and a purple window will appear with two options: “Upgrade this PC Now” or “Create installation media for another PC”.
If you choose “Upgrade this PC Now,” it will download the installation files directly to your hard drive and begin the Windows 10 installation. If you choose “Create installation media for another PC,” it will allow you create either a USB thumb drive or DVD with install media.
On the proceeding page, ensure that you select the SAME language as your System Locale (as output in Step #4), otherwise you may encounter the dreaded “Something happened” error message and it will abort. For the “Edition” option, choose either Windows 10 Home or Pro*, and for “Architecture” select “both”, then click next.
On the proceeding page, select USB flash drive (if you have at least an 8GB flash drive), or ISO if you want to burn it to DVD; an 8GB DVD will be required if you are burning both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures; otherwise choose one or the other and use a 4.7GB DVD which are more common.
* You can choose Windows 10 Home or Pro depending on which version of Windows you are upgrading from; please refer to this article as it explains the upgrade paths. If you are upgrading to both Home and Pro on different systems, then you will need to create two different install media as there is no option to create “Home and Pro” – only one or the other.
- If you did not choose USB in the previous step, then you will be downloading an .ISO file; you will need to then burn the .ISO to DVD or USB if you desire. Note that you cannot burn the .ISO file as a data disc; it must be burned as an ISO disc.
- IMPORTANT: once the install media has been created, run the setup.exe from the USB drive or DVD disc. This will perform an in-place install of Windows 10 within your existing Windows environment. This method will ensure that you receive and retain your free Windows 10 license. After that you can perform a clean install if you wish.
Hope that helps!