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FIX: Can’t install anything on my Windows 10 PC

Most of the complaints from Windows 10 users over installations on the OS include configuration changes, and parts of their computers stop working especially after upgrading to the new operating system, while others say apps just disappear without notice – the list is endless.

However, this article looks at what to do when you can’t install anything on Windows 10, something that could be caused due to software conflicts, and other underlying issues.

Without further ado, here are some of the solutions you can try when you can’t install anything on Windows 10.

How do I install a software if Windows won’t let me do it?

1. General troubleshooting

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As a first step, you can try to run a scan with Windows Security or Windows Defender, depending on your Windows 10 version. It is a great tool that is already included in Windows 10.

Windows Security acts like a built-in antivirus and antimalware software. It includes numerous options to keep your system safe from online threats, run periodic scans, and maintain your device health.

You can find it at the Update&Security option from the Setting menu.

Another great utility to use is System File Checker (SFC). It allows you to scan and restore corruptions in Windows system files. To learn how to use it, follow the steps in the SFC guide. 

2. Check security settings

  1. Log into Windows as administrator.
  2. Click Start and choose Settings.
  3. Click on Update & Security.
  4. Go to the last option on the left For developers and check the settings.
  5. Activate the option below Developer Mode.
  6. A notification message will appear, click on Yes.

3. Use Windows 10’s Fix It tool

This helps automatically repair issues like corrupted registry keys that may block you from installing anything on Windows 10.

Note: If you’re not on the computer that has the install issue, save the Fix It tool to a flash drive or CD, then run it on that computer.

This fixes corrupted registry keys on 64-bit OS, or those that control update data, issues preventing new program installs or existing programs from complete updates or uninstalls, as well as problems blocking you from uninstalling a program from the Control Panel.

This post was written by Milan Stanojevic and was first posted to WindowsReport

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