Windows could not update the computer’s boot configuration [Solved]

Windows is suffered from quite a few installations and upgrade problems. If while upgrading Windows or making a clean install of Windows 10/7/8, you receive Windows could not update the computer’s boot configuration. Installation cannot proceed, then this post may offer some help to you. To trace the actual problem behind this message is difficult because this error message can appear due to many different reasons.

Windows could not update the computer's boot configuration

Windows could not update the computer’s boot configuration

According to Microsoft, Windows could not update the computer’s boot configuration error appears only on systems using an Intel 82801ER SATA RAID chipset (ICH5R). However, some other users also reported this error who have a different chipset. Here we are going to try some methods to get rid of this problem.

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1. Disable UEFI in Boot Options

  • The first thing you can try is to disable the UEFI. UEFI is the acronym for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface. It is a new BIOS system for modern computers. Basically, it performs the same function as BIOS but with more security and better performance.
  • In Windows 10, open Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Advanced startup.
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Entering into Recovery Environment

  • Click Restart now to reboot the system, and it will take you to Advanced Start-up screen. Click on Troubleshoot.
  • Under Advanced options, if you see UEFI Firmware Settings, it means your PC is using UEFI instead of BIOS. Select it and under Boot Order menu, select Disable UEFI option.
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Advanced Startup Options

If you do not see UEFI Firmware settings, it means your System is using old BIOS system. In this case, update your BIOS version by visiting your PC’s manufacturer website (like Hp, Toshiba, Dell, etc.) and see whether it helps.

2. Repair Master Boot Record

  • If the above step did not work for you, you could try to reset MBR. Again, restart the system in the Recovery environment and access Advanced Options. From there Select Command Prompt and run the following commands:
bootrec /RebuildBcd
bootrec /fixMbr
bootrec /fixboot

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Repairing Master Boot Record

  • Exit the Command Prompt. Reboot the system and now try upgrading the operating system.

The methods mentioned above can work if you are getting the error while upgrading to a higher version of Windows. In case you are proceeding with a clean installation of Windows, you can try the following steps:

  • Boot from your Windows installation USB or DVD.
  • When you see Windows Setup screen, click on Next. Click on Repair your computer option on the left bottom corner.
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Choosing Repair your computer option

  • Now navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Command Prompt. This will run the Command Prompt with admin privileges.
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Opening Command Prompt from Advanced Options

  • In the command prompt, type diskpart and hit Enter. The diskpart prompt will open.
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Command Prompt

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Diskpart

  • Next, type list disk and press Enter. A list of drives will appear in a text format. Identify your disk with the help of disk size. Make sure you correctly choose the disk number. The next steps will erase all data on the drive.
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list disk command

  • Type select disk ‘disk number’ and press Enter. Replace ‘disk number’ with the number of your disk. Warning: Diskpart Erase/Clean will permanently erase/destroy all data on the selected drive. Please be sure that you are wiping the correct disk.
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List of current drives connected to the system

  • A message appears saying that the disk is selected. You will return to the diskpart prompt.
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Selecting the Disk

  • From the diskpart prompt, type clean and press Enter. The drive’s partition, data, and signature are now removed. A message will be displayed “DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.”
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Performing clean command on the disk

  • Close the Command Prompt by typing Exit command.

Reboot the system and proceed with the Windows Installation.

If any of the above methods work for you, let us know in the comment section.

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