How to fix ‘Something Happened’ error during Windows 10 upgrade [Tip]

Windows 10 something happenedWhen it comes to error screens, Windows dishes out a few of them. One of the latest tends to sound pretty straight forward: ‘Something happened’, but is leaving people perplexed as to how to fix the issue.  If you need to know how to fix the ‘Something happened’ error during Windows upgrade, follow the guide after the jump.


  1. Press the Windows key on the keyboard to open the Start menu.
  2. Use the search field and type “Control Panel”.
  3. Locate and launch that same Control Panel app once it pops up on the screen.
  4. Navigate through to Clock > Language > Region icon.
  5. From the Region, section and select the Administrative tab.
  6. Click “Change System Locale” button.
  7. Select “English (US)” from the list of regional options.
  8. Reboot the computer and restart the Windows 10 installation process. The problem should be solved.

Those who are still suffering from the same error message can try installing Windows 10 from an ISO file and install it that way.

  1. Use the Windows 10 download tool to get your copy.
    – choose between 32 and 64 bit architecture to get the right ISO file for your PC.
  2. Restart the Windows PC, making sure you are logging on as the administrator to have the admin permissions.
  3. Hit the Windows key once again to launch the Start menu.
  4. Type “Windows 10 download’ in the search field.
  5. Right-click the app and choose to “run as administrator”.
  6. Finish up by following the on-screen instructions to create the bootable USB/DVD drive.

When the file is created, boot Windows 10 using the same file and you should be running Windows 10 without any ‘Something happened’ error messages.

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  • S66

    Select “English (US)” from the list of regional options.
    Is that advice for everyone, I’m in Australia?

  • Mikerman

    [@Jack] My thoughts are with you–good luck!

  • Jack

    I hope this works for me. I’ll try later this evening. The experts also say the little white windows icon on your computer that says you’re good to go means Microsoft says everything on your computer should be hunky dory. The windows 10 icon gives me a message that basically says everything is correct and “You are good to go.” Then fails over and over and over. Can you hear me screaming? I’ve tried to install it about 15 times and it failed each time. I tried the ISO approach with the same results. The frustrating thing is that it starts all over each time and downloads the entire program then tries to install it and then after it fails it goes back to Windows 7 land leaves me a message that says “something happened.” Retry or Cancel. No kidding, “something happened?? So I cancel and then later, try again. It goes through the whole process again, reboots and gives me the same message, “something happened.” I want to get out my sledge hammer. I’m hoping this works. Thank You for the information.