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Learn how to fix error 0xc1900223 during Windows 10 updates with our expert solution. Plus, safeguard your data with our quick tips for avoiding data loss.

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I. How to solve the error code 0xc1900223 in Windows 10 update?
The Windows 10 update error code 0xc1900223 may occur when installing the 1903 update or 21H2 update. This error may be related to some kind of update failure or system file corruption. The following will introduce several practical methods.
0xc1900223 error

1. Reset Windows update components

When Windows is updated, some services need to be enabled to ensure the smooth completion of the update process. If they are not enabled successfully, an update error message may appear. In addition, the error code 0xc1900223 may also be caused by corrupted files that Windows Update needs to use, so resetting the Windows Update components will restart Windows Update related services as well as rename the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folders, which may be used when Windows Update is saved. Some system update files that need to be used. After renaming the folder, the system will recreate the new SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folders for use. The specific operation steps are as follows:
Step 1: Run the computer, press (Windows+R) keys at the same time to open the run window, then type (cmd) and click (OK) to open the command prompt window.
run cmd
Step 2: Enter the following commands in order to close the Windows update service and rename the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folders, and press the (Enter) key after each command.
net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2Catroot2.old
Type net stop wuauserv
Step 3: Then enter the following commands to enable Windows update related services, please press the (Enter) key after each command.
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver
Type net start wuauserv
Step 4: After all commands are executed, enter (Exit) and press (Enter) to exit, then restart the computer and perform Windows update again to check whether the current problem has been resolved.

2. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Windows Update Troubleshooter is a system update troubleshooting tool built into the Windows system, which can help users troubleshoot and fix most of the problems encountered during the system update process. Therefore, when we encounter Windows update errors, we can try to run the Windows update troubleshooter to solve them. Proceed as follows:
Step 1: Run the computer, press the (Windows+I) key on the keyboard at the same time to open the setting interface. Then click into the (Update and Security) option.
Updates and Security
Step 2: Find (Troubleshooting) in the function bar on the left, then select the (Windows Update) option on the right, and click the (Run Troubleshooting) button. Wait a few moments after troubleshooting is complete to see if the problem is resolved. For some Windows system versions, after selecting (Troubleshooting), click (Other Troubleshooting) > (Windows Update), and then click the (Run Troubleshooting) button.
Troubleshooting Windows Updates

3. Use the Windows Media Creation Tool to update and upgrade the system

Windows Media Creation Tool (Media Creation Tool) is a software developed by Microsoft that can help users update the system, install the system and download the system image file (ISO file). So update upgrade via Windows Media Creation Tool to try to resolve Windows update error error 0xc1900223. But please do a good job of data backup in advance to avoid unnecessary losses.
Step 1: Go to Microsoft’s official website to download the Media Creation Tool (Media Creation Tool), and then double-click to run it.
Run Media Creation Tool
Step 2: Click (Accept) on the (applicable notice and license terms) interface. Then select (Upgrade this PC now) > (Next). It will then start downloading the latest system ISO file, and once downloaded, it will automatically create the Windows 10 media, and then it will start checking for system updates.
Upgrade this PC now
Step 3: If the (Applicable Notice and License Terms) screen appears again, click (Accept). After that, wait patiently for the program to run, and when the (ready to install) interface appears, you can confirm whether to keep personal files and applications, and click (change the content to be kept) to make changes.
Change what to keep
Step 4: In the (Select what to keep) interface, please select (Keep personal files and applications), (Keep only personal files) or (None) options according to your actual situation, and then click (Next) > (Install ). After clicking (Install), the computer will restart several times, please wait patiently, and then check whether the error has been fixed.
Choose what to keep

4. Manually install the update

Manually download and install the update through the Microsoft update directory, you can bypass the problematic local files and install the update directly. The specific steps are as follows:
Step 1: Open the Microsoft update catalog site, and enter information about Windows updates in the search box. For example, if you have an error when installing the cumulative update of 21H2, you can enter (cumulative update 21H2) in the search box, and then click ( Search button. In addition, you can also search for update codes starting with KB, such as (KB5018410). It should be noted that before downloading, you must confirm whether the system is based on x64 (that is, 64-bit system) or x86 (that is, 32-bit system). Please right-click (Start), select (System)-(About), and view the system type information.
Search for update options
Step 2: Find the Windows Update option that matches your OS version and click the (Download) button.
Step 3: After downloading the update, run the installation file and follow the instructions to install it. After the operation is complete, restart the computer and check whether the problem is resolved.

5. Run SFC and DISM commands

The SFC (System File Checker) and DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) tools are Windows built-in utilities that scan system files for errors and fix them automatically. If the error code 0xc1900223 is caused by corrupted system files, you can try this method.
Step 1: Search (cmd) in the search box in the lower left corner, right-click (Command Prompt) and select (Run as Administrator) to open the Command Prompt tool.
search cmd
Step 2: In the opened command prompt window, enter the command (SFC /scannow) and press the (Enter) key. Next, System File Checker will perform a system scan and fix problematic system files. If it prompts that SFC cannot repair the damaged file, please continue to the next step.
Enter the sfc command
Step 3: Type (Dism /Online /Cleanup-image /RestoreHealth) in the opened Command Prompt window and press the (Enter) key to repair corrupted system files. After the command is executed, you can run it again (SFC /scannow), then restart the computer and re-update Windows to check whether the current problem is resolved.
Enter the dism command
The above are several methods to fix update error code 0xc1900223. If you find that files are missing after the repair is complete or during daily use of the computer, you can check the following methods to scan and restore them.
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1. What is Renee Undeleter?

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2. How to recover lost files with Renee Undeleter?

The specific steps to recover files with Renee Undeleter are as follows:
Step 1: Download, install and run Renee Undeleter on a Windows computer, and select the (File Recovery) option on the main interface.
Note: Do not install the software on the disk that needs to recover data, so as not to cause data overwriting. In addition, after the file is lost, please do not save new data to the same disk partition, so as not to damage or completely lose the lost file.
Select file recovery options
Step 2: Next, select the partition where the lost data is located and click on (Next).
Select target device for file recovery
Step 3: Select the (Quick Scan) option and click the (Next) button to scan.
Tips: The quick scan mode only scans the first 30GB of the remaining space of the selected disk. If the desired file is not found after scanning, you can use the deep scan mode to try to scan the hard disk partition again. It will take more time, but more data can be scanned.
File Recovery Quick Scan Options
Step 4: Wait for the scan to complete, you can double-click the file to preview, then check the file to be recovered, click the (Recover) button to restore the file to another disk.
File Recovery Select files to be restored