McAfee error 12152 often appears while downloading and installing McAfee security products.

When this error occurs then you might notice any of the below error messages on the screen.

‘Unable to Continue Installation’


‘Something went wrong with the installation’ and as a result, the pending download will fail.’

A number of reasons are responsible for this error code to trigger such as a weak internet connection and outdated device driver.

Effective Solutions to Fix McAfee Error 12152:

 Before applying any of the solutions that are stated below make sure that you have a strong internet connection. 

Solution 1- Remove the Previous Antivirus if Any

During the installation of any other security software on your device, it is essential to check whether there is any previous antivirus installed on your system.

In case, you have already installed another antivirus tool, then you need to uninstall it. To do so, at first, move to the Control Panel and from there navigate to the Programs and Features option.

After that, search for the old security software from the list and uninstall it. Once completed, then try to install the McAfee antivirus on your system.

Solution 2- Use the Pre Installation Tool

In case, the above solution is unable to bring the required results for you, then we suggest you launch the pre-installation tool. 

To do so, at first, open a browser and download the pre installation tool. Then, click on the Apply and follow the online instructions to complete the process.

Once you have successfully downloaded the Pre Installation tool, then tap on OK and exit from the page.

Afterward, restart your machine. Now, you have to wait for sometimes after restarting your computer. Furthermore, try to download and install the McAfee again. 

However, if you are still encountering the McAfee error 12152 then, go to the next solution.

Solution 3- Run the System File Checker

Sometimes, the corrupt windows system files can also lead to the McAfee error 12152. In such a scenario, you are suggested to run the inbuilt System File checker. 

How to Run the System File Checker?

In the beginning, click on the Start icon and after that enter ‘CMD’ within the Search field. Next, double-click on the first option that appears on the display.

It will open a Command Prompt window. Furthermore, right-click on the Command Prompt and choose Run as Administrator. 

Next, type ‘sfc/scannow’ on the next window and press the Enter key to start the scanning process.

Wait until the scanning process is completed. Once done, then again restart your device and check if the error still persists or not.

Solution 4- Use System Restore

System Restore recovers your system back to its default condition. So, if the above three solutions are not working for you, then it is suggested to use the System Restore.

  1. First, click on the Start menu and enter’ system Restore’ within the input field.
  2. Next, tap on the System Restore option and type the administrator password.
  3. Then, follow the online instructions and get a restore point.

Solution 5- Upgrade the Device Driver

Another effective fix is to ensure that the device driver has been updated to its latest version. For that, you can use the Device Manager.

How to Update the Device Driver by using the Device Manager?

In the beginning, click on the Start menu and enter the device manager in the given field. Then, hit the Enter key in order to open the Device Manager option. 

Within the Device Manager, expand the full list and double-click on the device that you want to update. 

Then, right-click on the device and choose the Update driver option. Finally, mark the box beside the Search Automatically for updated driver software option.

In case, any update is available, then it will be updated automatically. Once done, then again reboot your system and check if the McAfee error 12152 still shows on the display or not.

Solution 6- Clear the System Junk Files

The system junk files are quite dangerous and can lead to several issues. McAfee error 12152 can be one of them. 

In such a situation, you can use the inbuilt Disk Cleanup tool to fix the error. Now, to implement this task, at first, open the Disk Cleanup tool and then tap on the ‘Clean up System Files’ option. 

Furthermore, move to the System Restore and Shadow Copies section. In addition, click on the Clean Up button.  Finally, tap on the Delete button to confirm the Changes.