Testing for Windows 10 compatibility

If you are unsure if your system is compatible with Windows 10 or why you haven’t seen the Get Windows 10 icon in the system try, the following may give you a hint.

Prerequisite: You will need the full installation media on your hard disk, a DVD or a USB key.

Start the test by using the full installation media. If you don’t have it, use the Windows Media Creation Tool and be sure not to upgrade but to create an ISO or USB key.

Locate SETUP.EXE and run the following in an elevated command prompt:

start /wait setup.exe /Auto Upgrade /Quiet /NoReboot /DynamicUpdate Disable /Compat ScanOnly

echo %errorlevel%

What you need to do is past the above two lines together in an elevated command prompt. You must run SETUP.EXE from the root of the media and not in the SOURCES folder.

What this will do is check your system for compatibility with Windows 10 without installing or upgrading. It will return one of the message following:

  • No issues found: 0xC1900210
  • Does not meet system requirements for Windows 10: 0xC1900200
  • Migration choice (auto upgrade) not available (probably the wrong SKU or architecture)· 0xC1900204
  • Compatibility issues found (hard block): 0xC1900208
  • Insufficient free disk space: 0xC190020E

[The return codes are actually large negative numbers but these look more readable. Don’t ask me why they are like this instead of 0, 1, 2, …]

For example my error code is -1047526896. Take that number and open Calculator in Windows. Change to the Programmer‘s mode in the View menu. Insert as a decimal. Then click on the Hex button and it will give you the result [ignoring the “F”s in front]. -1047526896 gave me the code 0xC1900210. So no issues.

If unsure of the error or you need more information, look at SETUPACT.LOG or SETUPERR.LOG generated by SETUP.EXE to see what the specific error that could stop the upgrade. They are located in \$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther folder.



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5 Responses to Testing for Windows 10 compatibility

  1. Hi Ed,

    I don’t know if you are following or know about how MS created a problem that they still haven’t addressed with the Win10 Control Panel and how it no longer works after an update some time ago. I just installed the Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1511 for x64-based Systems (KB3140743), but it didn’t change a thing. Thank goodness some time back you provided blog on Win 10 Commands (June 17, 2015). I don’t know if you might want to blog on this now long standing issue or not. I copied and pasted a very poor link by MS along with what some have tried in an effort to solve the MS caused problem. Keep up all the good work!! Thanks, Jim


    I had 3 issues all related to this, 1/ Control Panel wouldn’t open. 2/Network and Sharing centre wouldn’t open and 3/ Windows Explore wouldn’t open.
    I used the fix Fix: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell. Delete entire BagMRU and Bags folders. for points 1 and 2.
    But point 3 was fixed by set scaling from 175% to 150% I now wonder if I just set scaling to 150% then that would have fixed all 3 of my issues.

    Just to add to this, I am still seeing issues – For example, when I set to 150% Windows Explore will open, but Control Panel and Network and Sharing centre will not open. ( i need to set this to 175%)
    Oh what a Pain this is! Any ideas??
    Hope this helps you all with this Windows 10

  2. ebraiter says:

    Hi James.
    First I’ve heard about this issue.
    I believe W10 has a feedback application you can try. Sending you story and the link below.
    The next cumulative update is next Tuesday. Wonder if something in there fixes the issue.
    Unless there is something absolutely critical, the last 5-6 months I’ve been holding off in doing any updates from Microsoft with the less than good track record of late. Every month something gets kiboshed.
    While W10 cumulative update is nice as it is one update to do [aside from the usual stuff] the down side is if there is an issue with one thing that was updated in it.

    • Good to hear from you Ed – you may not remember, but you helped me years ago adding an SSD to an old Asus netbook. It still works, if slowly, now with W10!! Your advice not to upgrade each and every time is now good advice – wish I hadn’t upgraded as my control panel did work at one time. It now basically crashes and blinks off. There are lots of similar stories, but no real solution that I’ve found. Probably have to wait til MS decides to address and fix it. Your Win 10 commands work fine!!

      • ebraiter says:

        I sold off my Netbook [without the SSD!]. Maybe except the sluggishness it probably would work like Win7. Maybe do a fresh install when W10 is more stable/mature so it doesn’t inherit any Win7 leftover.

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