Often when you try to install, update or upgrade Windows 11/10 it just says that The update is not applicable to your computer. It’s strange, because it was Windows that downloaded them in the first place. In this article, you need to understand the reason behind this first and then follow the intended fix. This post is sure to fix the problem for you.
The scenario is that when you try to install Windows 11/10, using Windows Update standalone installer, you may receive this error message. This error may mean that the necessary updates are not installed on your computer. The reasons can be many!
- The update is hurt: Sometimes a newer version of Windows is already available on the PC and Windows, or maybe the version you are trying to install manually, is an older version. That’s why he failed.
- The update is already installed: Sometimes, while the update process is in progress, the previous payload may have already installed the same update as the next payload.
- Bad update for architecture: 32 bit or 64 bit or maybe an ARM. Updates are designed based on PC architecture, and if the update you are trying to install does not match your CPU architecture, you may encounter this error message.
- Missing prerequisite update: Some updates depend on other updates. If so, any missing prerequisites will cause other updates to fail.
The update is not applicable to your computer
Here are a few things you should try to fix the problem.
1]Check the package
Updates are based on Windows versions. If one of the updates is not installing, you need to find out if it is applicable. The best way is to search with the name of Windows Update, on the official Windows website or search for it.
2]Check if it is for your CPU architecture
You need to make sure the update is for your system. If you have an x86-based processor, you cannot install x64-based installations of Windows and vice-versa. This usually happens when you manually downloaded the update and tried to install it.
3]Check if the update is old
If you install an older version of the same update, it won’t work. Go to Settings > Update & security > View update history. Here you can search for the update.
4]Check if the update is already installed
Check Windows Update History again and improve if the update is already installed on your PC.
Some updates depend on other updates that need to be installed on your PC. The best way to find out is to check the Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB). To determine if the prerequisite updates are installed, transpose the following PowerShell command:
Here we mentioned “KB1111111, KB2222222, KB3333333” randomly – you need to replace them with the actual KB update numbers.
If the updates were already in place, the command would return the installation date in the “Installed on” section of the output.
6]Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
Run this built-in Windows update troubleshooter to fix most common update issues on Windows 11/10.
7]Run Microsoft’s Online Troubleshooter
You can also fix Windows update errors using Microsoft’s online troubleshooter. It will scan your PC for issues and fix the issues.
This problem can also occur if you have a language version different from those supported by Windows. What you can do is you can download Windows 11/10 ISO and upgrade your Windows version. Here’s the kicker – by doing this you lose all apps. According to the Windows FAQ, if you install Windows in a different language than the language currently on your PC, you can only keep your files, not your apps or settings. Then, if you are using Windows operating system and you have installed any language pack or language interface pack (LIP), they will be removed when you install the latest version of Windows operating system.
Now, how do you get your tongue back?
Press Win + X and select Windows PowerShell (Admin)
dism /online /get-intl and press Enter.
This should allow you to install the language pack on your operating system. This will therefore be a good step to try to check if your machine is now compatible.
The other scenario is if you are presenting Windows Enterprise. Next, you will need to download the ISO image. I have to re-emphasize this point, you can’t upgrade or keep your Windows settings, personal files, or apps if you’re doing a multilingual install. You can only keep your files when performing a multilingual installation using Windows Setup.
9]Manually apply the Windows Update file
Another option is to manually apply the Windows update file.
Download the required Windows Update package by clicking “Get Update”.
Then create a folder under the C drive called – for example – Win8. Then move the downloaded file there. Next, open an order prompt as administrator and write
Expand -F:* C:\Win8\Windows8-RT-KB2849636-x64.msu C:\Win8\
Now open an order invitation as an administrator and represented
DISM.exe /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:\Win8\Windows8-RT-KB2849636-x64.cab
The name of the folder and the package is indicative and you must use your own there.
Restart your system and you should get the notification to download Windows. If that doesn’t work, try changing the language pack from the Control Panel.
Open language settings and click add language and download and install “English (United States)” then enable it as primary. Now it should work.
If the above doesn’t work, I’m afraid you need to do a clean install.
I hope you find this article useful.