How To Fix Error Code 0x0 In Windows PC (2024)

If you see the 0x0 error on your system, it’s likely due to invalid entries in the configuration. This error can affect several processes. For example, you might be unable to run the Windows Insider Program or upgrade your Operating System.

The most likely reasons include the undesirable changes made by third-party interference. Or some vital services may have failed to start properly. Restoring those configurations should fix the problem.

So, let’s move on to the probable causes and solutions for this error right away.

How To Fix Error Code 0x0 In Windows

Causes for the 0x0 Error in Windows

Here are some of the causes for the 0x0 error in Windows:

  • Improper system configuration.
  • Third-party application interference.
  • Malware infection.
  • Issues with RAM.
  • Inactive state of required services.

Now that we’ve established the causes, let’s move on to possible fixes.

First, restart your PC and check if the error resolves. If it still reoccurs, move on to the solutions below.

How to Fix Windows Insider 0x0 Error

There are a few possible reasons for encountering 0x0 error while using Windows Insider program. Try the methods below along with the general fixes mentioned in the latter section to fix this issue.

However, before trying any possible solutions, check if you need to verify your account and do so if required.

Check and Start Windows Insider Service

The first step is to check if the Windows Insider Service is running. Follow the steps below to check and start this service:

  1. Press Win + R to launch the run command and enter services.msc. It will direct you to the Services utility.
  2. Search for Windows Insider Service and double-click on it.
    windows-insider-service
  3. Set Startup type to Manual and click on Start. If it’s already started, click Stop and then Start.
  4. Click Apply and Ok to apply the changes.

Enable Optional Diagnostic Data Sharing

You need to enable Optional Diagnostic Data Sharing to access the Windows Insider Service. It should be On by default but you may have changed it somehow. Follow the steps below to check and enable this option:

  1. Launch Settings and select Privacy.
  2. Click on Diagnostics & feedback and check on Optional diagnostic data or Full.
    enable-optional-diagnostics

Then, check if you run into the 0x0 error again.

Download and Install the Insider Build

It is also possible to download the Insider Build from the Microsoft Insider Preview website. Please download the ISO file, mount it and run setup.exe to install the build manually.

Doing so might fix the underlying reason for the 0x0 error as well.

How to Fix Windows Upgrade 0x0 Error

You might also encounter the 0x0 error when upgrading your PC. Many users have faced it when upgrading from Windows 10 Home to Professional edition.

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The methods mentioned below should be enough to resolve this problem.

Uninstall Third-party Programs

The most common causes of this problem include interference by third-party antivirus programs. So, uninstall them along with any other third-party security programs before upgrading your PC. You can always reinstall them afterward.

Follow the instructions below to uninstall a third-party antivirus program:

  1. Enter control in the Run dialog box to launch the Control Panel.
  2. In the category view, look for Programs and select Uninstall a program under it.
    control-panel-uninstall-a-program
  3. Locate the third-party antivirus or another security program and select it.
  4. Click on Uninstall or Uninstall/Change Uninstall.
    uninstall-unwanted-programs
  5. Then confirm your choice.

Now try upgrading your PC and see if you succeed.

Upgrade PC with Media Creation Tool

Microsoft provides a Windows installation media that you can use to upgrade your OS. This is the definite fix if you have been facing the 0x0 while upgrading your system. Here’s how you can use this tool for an upgrade:

  1. Open a browser and go to the Microsoft download website.
  2. Select your Windows version.
  3. Under Create Windows installation media, click Download tool now.
  4. After downloading the installer, launch it.
  5. Select Accept to agree with the License terms.
  6. Then, choose Upgrade this PC now and hit Next.
    upgrade-this-pc-now
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions.

General Fixes for All 0x0 Errors

Apart from windows upgrade and insider program, the 0x0 error can also occur because of various factors. The methods from the previous sections may not resolve all such issues. So, try the general troubleshooting methods mentioned down below.

End Unnecessary Background Applications

Interference by third-party applications is one of the main reasons for the 0x0 error. To avoid this, end any unnecessary apps running in the background. Here’s how you can do so:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to launch the Task Manager.
  2. Make sure you are at the Processes tab.
  3. Under Apps and Background Processes, look for any recognizable apps that you don’t currently need.
  4. Right-click on them and choose End task.
    end-process-task-manager

You can also use the internet to find out more about a process if you need to.

Check if You Have Enough Available Space

It is always necessary to have enough space available in your drives before initiating updates or any relevant tasks. Limited storage space will also hinder loading pagefiles.

Also, your system downloads the installation image and extracts it to your boot disk during an upgrade. So, you must have free space for both of these processes. In general, you need at least 20 GB free space. But, we recommend having 30 GB available for optimum performance.

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So, check if you have sufficient storage space from the file explorer and optimize your storage if required.

Update Your Drivers

Sometimes outdated drivers may also cause this error, especially while upgrading your PC. You can fix this by updating all the drivers you have. A bad GPU driver is the most usual culprit. So, update it first and check if the error resolves. In not, update other drivers as well.

For intel drivers, you can go to the driver download website and click Get started to initiate the automatic update of all the drivers.

For third-party drivers, visit their official websites to download the and install the latest versions.

Perform Clean Boot

Performing a clean boot is the best method to isolate the program interfering with your process. It allows for starting windows with minimum drivers and programs. Then you can enable/disable third-party processes individually to determine the culprit.

Follow these directions to perform a clean boot:

  1. Open the run command and enter msconfig. It will direct you to the System Configuration
  2. Go to the Services tab.
  3. Check Hide all Microsoft services and select Disable all to disable the non-Microsoft services.
    Disable-services-system-configuration
  4. Go to the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.
  5. Select each program and click Disable.
  6. Return to the System Configuration.
  7. Click on Apply and Ok to apply the changes.

Restart your PC. Then, enable each application and service and perform the process where you got the 0x0 error.

After narrowing down the culprit, disable or uninstall the application to resolve the issue.

Run SFC and DISM

You can also run these tools to check and repair system file corruption. Even if they fail to fix the issue, repairing system corruption is still beneficial to your PC.

Follow the steps below to launch SFC and DISM:

  1. Type Command Prompt on the search bar, right-click on it and select Run as administrator.
  2. Type the following command and press Enter to execute them:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
    sfc /scannow

Diagnose RAM

Damaged RAM sticks can cause many system errors, including this one. You will need to replace your RAM in such cases. Follow the instructions below to diagnose your RAM:

  1. Open the Run dialog box and enter mdsched.exe to run the Windows Memory Diagnostic.
  2. Click Restart now.
    windows-memory-diagnostic
  3. The program will begin diagnosing your RAM after a reboot.
  4. Wait for the result message.
  5. If you somehow miss the message (It only stays for a short time), you can check from the event viewer as well.
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Perform this test by using separate RAM sticks on different slots to check whether the RAM stick or the slot is faulty. Also, make sure to clean the devices.

If you find any defects, take it to a hardware expert and see if they can repair it. If not, buy a new device.

You can also install and use other memory testing software like memtest86+ if the default Windows tool detects the error but fails to determine the reason.

Scan for Malware

Malware and viruses can also infect your drivers and cause such errors. It’s best to enable real-time and cloud protection antivirus services to prevent such issues. 

Perform a full scan when you encounter such errors. Here’s how you can do so with the Virus & Threat Protection feature in Windows:

  1. Launch Windows and select Update & Security.
  2. Go to Windows Security and click on Virus & threat protection.
  3. Look under Current threats and select Scan options.
    scan-options-virus-and-threat-protection
  4. Check Full scan and click Scan now.
    full-scan-2
  5. Wait for the scan to complete. 

Then restart your PC and check if the error resolves.

Update Windows Operating System

Updating your Operating System is essential for preventing many system and driver errors. It’s always best to enable automatic checks for updates to install them as soon as they are available.

Perform System Restore

You can try restoring your system to a restore point as a last resort. It will revert your system and negate all the errors which you encountered after the restore point.

Follow the instructions below to perform a system restore:

  1. Open the Run command and enter systempropertiesprotection.
  2. It will open the System Protection tab in System Properties.
  3. Select System Restore.
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  4. Then, choose an appropriate restore point.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Restart your system and check if the 0x0 error persists.

How to Fix Windows Startup 0x0 Error?

If Windows Startup can’t repair your system, you won’t be able to log in to your account and Windows will get stuck on the loading screen.

If you look at the startup repair log, you might see error code: 0x0 for different tests. This indicates that the test was not able to detect any errors in those processes.

So, there’s some other issues with your system. Check out our article on Fix: Startup Repair Couldn’t Repair Your PC to troubleshoot this issue.

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Mohamed SAKHRI
Mohamed SAKHRI

I'm the creator and editor-in-chief of Tech To Geek. Through this little blog, I share with you my passion for technology. I specialize in various operating systems such as Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android, focusing on providing practical and valuable guides.

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