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Today I wanted to update a Windows 10 client to version 1809 by installing the feature update with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). Unfortunately, I got the following SCCM Windows Feature Update: Error Code 0xC1900208

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This error message says the following: “This could indicate that an incompatible app installed on your PC is blocking the upgrade process from completing. Check to make sure that any incompatible apps are uninstalled and then try upgrading again.”
At the following URL you can find the description to common error codes like this:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/10587/windows-10-get-help-with-upgrade-installation-errors

Okay, so the incompatible application needs to get identified and upgraded or removed. But how can this be done? Luckily, there exists a log file containing the necessary information. It can be found in the hidden folder “$WINDOWS.~BT” on your system disk C:\
Firstly, you need to find the latest file containing “HumanReadable.xml” at the end of the file name. Here is the full path in my case:

"C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\Bqe4BQ0Je0qHIIyg.6.0.2.3.6.0.0_APPRAISER_HumanReadable.xml"

Secondly, simply open the file in your favourite editor and search the following string:

String "<Property Name="DT_ANY_FMC_BlockingApplication" Value="TRUE" Ordinal="1" />"

Finally, above this string, there is an block called “<Asset>”. This block will tell you the software application which is causing this error. In my case it was an outdated version of Kaspersky Endpoint Security. After uninstalling the software, the Windows feature update worked properly.

<Asset>
      <PropertyList Type="Inventory">
        <Property Name="AssetType" Value="File" />
        <Property Name="BinFileVersion" Value="10.3.0.6294" />
        <Property Name="BinaryType" Value="pe32_i386" />
        <Property Name="FileId" Value="00008bd04e7b9321576015250cd9edda93cfd209cf21" />
        <Property Name="LongPathHash" Value="avp.exe|859880e241e1a5ab" />
        <Property Name="LowerCaseLongPath" Value="c:\program files (x86)\kaspersky lab\kaspersky endpoint security 10 for windows sp2\avp.exe" />
        <Property Name="ProgramId" Value="0000e829fe542bb43daac314e763e672a9fa00000904" />
        <Property Name="Size" Value="0x0000000000202528" />
      </PropertyList>
      <PropertyList Type="DataSource">
        <Property Name="ApplicableTargetVersion" Value="RS5" Ordinal="1" />
        <Property Name="SdbAppGuid" Value="{XXXXX}" Ordinal="1" />
        <Property Name="SdbAppName" Value="Kaspersky Endpoint Security" Ordinal="1" />

        <Property Name="SdbAppVendor" Value="Kaspersky Lab" Ordinal="1" />
        <Property Name="SdbBlockOverrideType" Value="SDB_UX_BLOCKTYPE_OVERRIDE_UPGRADE_BLOCK" Ordinal="1" />
        <Property Name="SdbBlockType" Value="BlockUpgrade" Ordinal="1" />
        <Property Name="SdbEntryGuid" Value="{XXXXX}" Ordinal="1" />
        <Property Name="SdbGenericMessageSummary" Value="Führen Sie ein Update auf die neueste Version von Endpoint Security oder eine Deinstallation aus, um Setup fortzusetzen." Ordinal="1" />
        <Property Name="SdbGenericMessageSummaryStringPresent" Value="TRUE" Ordinal="1" />
        <Property Name="SdbGenericMessageTitle" Value="Endpoint Security" Ordinal="1" />
        <Property Name="SdbGenericMessageTitleStringPresent" Value="TRUE" Ordinal="1" />
      </PropertyList>

Update

This post applies to the following Windows feature updates / builds, see also Microsoft Docs:

Version Servicing option Availability date OS build Latest revision date End of service: Home, Pro, Pro Education, Pro for Workstations and IoT Core End of service: Enterprise, Education and IoT Enterprise
2004 Semi-Annual Channel 2020-05-27 19041.331 2020-06-18 2021-12-14 2021-12-14 Microsoft recommends
1909 Semi-Annual Channel 2019-11-12 18363.904 2020-06-16 2021-05-11 2022-05-10
1903 Semi-Annual Channel 2019-05-21 18362.904 2020-06-16 2020-12-08 2020-12-08
1809 Semi-Annual Channel 2019-03-28 17763.1294 2020-06-16 2020-11-10 2021-05-11
1809 Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) 2018-11-13 17763.1294 2020-06-16 2020-11-10 2021-05-11
1803 Semi-Annual Channel 2018-07-10 17134.1553 2020-06-16 End of service 2020-11-10
1803 Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) 2018-04-30 17134.1553 2020-06-16 End of service 2020-11-10

 

SCCM Windows Feature Update: Error Code 0xC1900208
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