Your Windows 8.1 install couldn’t be completed

Today my Surface Pro decided to stop working. My Windows Explorer process was freezing. I tried to solve the issue without success. Finally I tried the “Refresh your PC” option that reinstalled Windows 8. Then I tried to reinstall Windows 8.1 and get an error message : “Your Windows 8.1 install couldn’t be completed, try again later”.

I installed every missing Windows Update (115 updates), no success. Then I installed optional updates, no success. Finally I noticed that 15 apps (Modern UI Apps) were not up to date. You can see this in the Windows Store at the top right corner of the screen. After installing the updates for these apps, I was able to install Windows 8.1.

So when installing Windows 8.1 remember to :

– check Windows Updates

– check Modern UI Apps Updates

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