My Blog · May 4, 2022

Common Windows 10 Errors and How to Fix Them

People using Windows 10 have probably come across some errors that are specific to the new operating system. Most of the Windows 10 errors are easy to fix.

Windows 10 is a vast improvement over Windows 8, which was widely criticized for being difficult to use and having numerous bugs. Windows 10 has fewer serious issues than previous versions, but it has its own set of problems. Some Windows 10 errors are annoying and can be fixed quickly, while others are more complicated or difficult to resolve.

Error code 0x0000001e

The error code 0x0000001e is usually due to a corrupted registry or a temporary issue with the Windows Update service. To fix this issue, we recommend performing a system restore and booting in safe mode.

Update error 0x80240fff

If you’re coming across Windows Update error 0x80240fff, you’re not alone. The good news is that this error is not difficult to fix.

The first thing you’ll want to do is run the Windows Store Apps troubleshooter. To do this, navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot and click on “Windows Store Apps.” This process may take a while, so be patient with it. If your issues persist after running this utility, move onto step two.

After that, reset the Windows Store cache by clicking Start and typing in “wsreset.” Hit Enter and wait for the store cache to reset. If issues continue at this point, move onto step three.

You’ll now want to run the Windows Update troubleshooter by navigating to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshooting and clicking on “Windows Update”, then click “Run the troubleshooter”. You’ll have to have patience again here. It will initially scan for any problems that could be affecting your update experience before offering its fixes. Once it’s done working its magic, move onto step four.

Now try resetting all of the Windows Update components using a command line statement. Click Start and type in “command prompt” (no quotes). Right-click on Command Prompt when it appears in your menu and select Run as administrator. Copy and paste the following command into the prompt window: net stop wuauserv net stop cryptSvc net stop bits net stop msiserver Ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old Ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old net start wuauserv net start cryptSvc net start bits net start msiserver Close Command Prompt.

Store error 0x80070241

Perhaps one of the most common Store errors, 0x80070241 has a few different causes and solutions. One is that your Windows Store is being blocked by firewall or antivirus software. The other is an update that was interrupted, leaving corrupted files in its wake. Both can be fixed by removing the offending application then reinstalling it. If you’re still seeing error 0x80070241 after following those steps, try uninstalling the application from your device using PowerShell:

  • Press Windows key + R to open the Run window and type powershell to open it
  • Type Get-AppxPackage -allusers -name Microsoft. | remove-appxpackage and hit Enter
  • Type Exit and press Enter

File explorer error 0xc00000005

A simple but common Windows 10 error, File Explorer 0xc0000018 usually means something is corrupt in the recycle bin. Try emptying it and see if that resolves the problem. If not, use the Windows troubleshooter to scan for issues with specific applications.

To run a file checker scan:

  • Right-click on your start menu button and select “Windows Powershell (Admin).”
  • Type “sfc /scannow” into the Powershell window and hit enter.
  • You’ll see a message saying “Beginning system scan.” Once it completes you’ll be informed of any problems it finds or that none have been found/fixed at all.

Blue screen of death (BSOD) error 0x0000007e

If your computer encounters a BSOD error, it will stop responding, and you’ll see a message that says something like “Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We’re just collecting some error info, and then we’ll restart for you.”

But if the cause of these errors is not obvious or you don’t have the time to troubleshoot problems one by one, then you should have a professional to fix it for you.

Here are the steps we recommend taking:

  • Check our Windows 10 BSOD error code list below to find out what each code means and how to fix it.
  • Check for corrupt system files using System File Checker (SFC).

BSOD error 0xc000021a

If you see a BSOD error code 0xc000021a, this means that Windows has detected an error with one or more of its files or drivers. You may be able to get to the desktop by restarting your PC and signing back in, but if Windows crashes again with this same error, it will likely continue to do so until you fix the problem.

To fix the issue, check the date and time of your computer. If they are not correct, synchronize them with a reliable online source via Internet Time in Control Panel (Windows + I > Time & Language > Date & Time), then restart. If you still get BSOD errors after completing this step, turn off certain software and applications. Click Start (or press Windows + S), type “msconfig” into the search bar, and hit Enter on your keyboard. Once System Configuration opens up as a new tab in Task Manager, click on Services at the bottom of the window. Uncheck any boxes for third-party services, such as anything that does not have “Microsoft” listed as its publisher. Now, restart PC. If you still receive BSOD errors after completing these steps—or if your computer restarts before you can complete them, go to safe mode by pressing F8 repeatedly when starting up. Next, access Device Manager from Control Panel and look for any yellow warnings and update everything that has warnings attached to it. Optionally, restore your computer from a previous backup point using System Restore.

Black screen error 0xc000025a

You might encounter a black screen error with the following details:

  • The computer restarts unexpectedly, and then it displays a black screen with one of the following error messages:

0xc000025a, 0xc0000221, or 0xc0000005

  • Your computer starts in Windows RE, and then you select Start normally. Or your computer starts in normal mode but then displays a black screen. In these situations, your computer might start to the Windows desktop but only display a black screen. After it loads the desktop and you sign in, the cursor spins for several minutes before displaying anything else. This issue can also occur when you are trying to upgrade or perform an online repair on Windows 7 or Windows 8 installations that have language packs installed.

Conclusion

Windows 10 is a great operating system, but as with anything else, it’s not perfect. It does have a few issues that are worth mentioning. We’ve already covered the most common Windows 10 errors in this guide.