How to Fix “What Needs Your Attention” Error on Windows


Unlike most other error codes in Windows, the “What needs your attention” error can have several reasons.

If you take a closer look at the error dialog box, you can find out what is wrong and implement troubleshooting strategies accordingly. Typically, you’ll see one of the following messages in the description under the error code:

  • Flight signature
  • Incompatible privacy settings
  • No action needed
  • Incompatible application or program
  • The PC does not meet the minimum requirements

Below we have discussed in detail how to deal with all these messages.

1. Signature of the flight

This message indicates that you are trying to install a pre-release version of Windows. The best way to do this is to sign up for the Insider Program if you want to explore new features and provide feedback.

The Insider Preview build channel is suitable for those who are more tech-savvy. If you just want to see what’s next for Windows users, you can start with the beta channel. However, if you don’t want to sign up for the Insider program, it’s best to wait until Windows officially releases the new build.

2. Incompatible privacy settings

By default, Windows provides apps and programs installed on it with a limited set of permissions, usually enough for the app to run properly.


If you are trying to perform an action that requires additional access to the system, you can change Windows privacy settings. However, we strongly recommend that you reset the privacy settings to their default state after performing the desired action.

To change privacy settings, follow these steps:

  1. Hurry To win + I together to open Windows Settings.
  2. Picking out Privacy from the list of available options.
  3. You should see a list of options in the General tab. Enable them as needed.
  4. To grant permissions to specific apps, go to Application permissions section in the left pane.
  5. Select the permissions you want to provide and enable the toggle for them.

While you’re at it, you might also consider temporarily disabling your third-party antivirus program or Windows Defender Firewall and see if that makes a difference. But again, be sure to enable them right after performing the required operation, as disabling them for longer may leave your computer vulnerable to malware and viruses.

3. Incompatible Apps

Incompatible apps can also trigger errors like this. This usually happens when an incompatible application or program interferes with Windows processes.

If the error dialog on your screen says that an incompatible app is causing the error, the first thing you should do is end the process of the app from Task Manager. This will stop the app from running in the background and hopefully fix the problem.

  1. Type Task Manager in Windows search and click Open.
  2. In the Processes tab, locate the targeted application and right-click on it.
  3. Picking out Final task in the context menu and see if that fixes the error.

Another way to fix incompatible apps is to update them. If the targeted app is causing the problem as it is outdated and corrupted, updating it might help.

  1. Open the Windows Store app and click the Library icon located in the lower left corner of the window.
  2. Click on the Get updates button. The Windows Store will not start checking for the latest available updates.
  3. If there are available updates, the Store will download them for you, but if the apps are already up to date, you’ll get a You’re good to go message.

If these two methods don’t work for you, we suggest you go ahead and uninstall the problematic app. You can reinstall it once you bypass the error code.

To uninstall the program, simply go to the Control Panel and choose Uninstall a program. Next, right-click on the targeted app and select Uninstall. To complete the process, follow the on-screen steps.

4. No action needed

If the error indicates that no action is required on your part, it is mostly a driver or Windows service issue. It’s not really a situation to worry about since Windows tells you that you don’t have to do anything.

However, if you don’t want to wait for Windows to fix the problem, you can start troubleshooting yourself. You should first check what could be causing the problem by looking at the Windows installation log files.

  1. Launch File Explorer and navigate to the following location:
  2. look for it CompatData_file and launch the newer one with Notepad.
  3. In the next window, look for lines with BlockMigration=”True” under driver packages and write down the INF number with them.
  4. Relaunch File Explorer and this time navigate to the following location:
  5. Find the INF file(s) you noted earlier and open them.
  6. Scroll down the file and under Summary you will see the name of the file which will indicate the driver or service.
  7. Once you identify the culprit, launch the Control Panel and head to the Programs section.
  8. Click on Enable or disable Windows features in the left panel.
  9. In the next dialog, find the culprit and uncheck the associated box.
  10. Then, return to File Explorer and navigate to the following location:
  11. Delete the compatscancache.dat file from there.
  12. You can now open the What needs your attention dialog box again and click on the Refresh button to resume the process.

5. The PC does not meet the minimum requirements

Finally, if you’re trying to upgrade to a version of Windows (most likely Windows 11) for which you don’t meet the minimum requirements, you’ll need to upgrade to another device that meets the requirements.

If that’s not an option for you, you can check out our guide on how to bypass the minimum installation requirements to keep Windows 11 going.

Resolving “What needs your attention” error

The methods mentioned above should help you to fix “What needs your attention” error in Windows. Once you have completed the troubleshooting steps, click the Refresh button in the same dialog box, and the pending process will hopefully resume.

USB plugged into laptop

How to Fix Error Code 0x80072f8f – 0x20000 on Windows

Read more


Comments are closed.