There are simply many Windows errors that you can encounter at different stages. There are those errors that only relate to your computer’s operating system. There are also errors that relate to installed applications and programs. Likewise, there are errors that are specific to the operating system (OS). One such error that is specific to any Windows OS is Error 0x80300024.
Windows error code 0x80300024 is usually accompanied by a message indicating “Windows is unable to install to the selected location” or something similar. Although you can encounter it with any Windows OS, users of Windows 7 report to experiencing the error more than users of other Windows OS.
The moment you are most likely to encounter error 0x80300024 is when installing or re-installing the OS. This can be when installing on a formatted hard disk drive or a new one. You can also encounter the error when upgrading your computer’s OS to Windows 10.
Encountering the error simply means that Windows Installer cannot proceed with installation, which can be very frustrating.
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Causes of Installation Error 0x80300024 on Windows
- Damaged hard disk drive chips.
- Loose connection between installation drive and installation destination (hard disk).
- Damaged installation media.
- Damaged/incompatible hard disk drivers.
- Insufficient space on the hard disk.
These are some of the main factors that can cause the error. Luckily, there are several ways you can resolve the error.
How to fix Error code 0x80300024
Method 1 – Housekeeping
Simple housekeeping measures can easily resolve error 0x80300024 on your computer. The first thing you need to do is to ensure that all the necessary accessories are connected and working properly. You particularly need to ensure that the connection between installation location (hard disk) and installation drive is stable.
The cable connecting these two should not have any scratches that may interfere with the smooth installation of OS. You also need to ensure that installation location is of the right size. Try these before restarting your computer to see whether or not the error is resolved or not.
Method 2 – Prepare Installation Location (Drive)
This method can particularly be helpful in a case where you are installing the OS on a hard disk that has been in use. Note that hard drives can be overrun by software issues and malware, which can cause re-installation problems.
The solution to this lies in formatting the hard disk for a fresh start. Try this before running another round of installation to see whether or not the error is resolved.
- Insert OS installation media before restarting your computer.
- Choose to boot fro the installation media.
- Select your preferred language and accept license terms.
- Click “Custom”.
- Now Select hard “Drive Options” to format the selected drive using Windows Installer.
- Then, Select partitions before clicking “Delete”.
- Click “Next” to restart the installation.
Note that it is not necessary to create any partition. You can easily do that during installation.
Method 3 – Remove Extra Hard Disk(s)
This method applies in case your computer has more than one hard disk drive, one of which you can use as installation destination.
Consider unplugging all hard disk drives except for one that you need to install the OS on. Restart installation to see whether or not doing so resolves the error. Remember to plug back the other hard disks if the error is resolved.
Method 4 – USB Port
This method applies in case you use a USB stick as your installation media. Error 0x80300024 can easily occur in a case where you insert the USB media in the wrong port. Consider switching the USB stick from USB 3.0 port to USB 2.0 port or the other way round.
You may also consider burning the OS files from DVD to USB stick or the other way round before carrying out another round of installation to see whether or not doing overcomes the error.
Method 5 – Switch Drive Order
The Windows Installer is very picky and will not install the OS simply because of incorrect installation location. You may need to switch the order in which destination installation location (hard disk) appear. You need to access the BIOS to do this;
- Start or restart your computer.
- Press “F12” key or any key that applies depending on your computer in order to enter setup screen.
- Ensure that the target drive on which you wish to install on is the first in order (0).
- Restart your computer to run another round of installation to see whether or not the error remains persistent.
Method 6 – Change Hard Drive
This may be your last option just in case any of the above methods does not resolve the error. It may simply mean that the chips within your computer’s hard drive are damaged, in which case you have no other option but to replace it with a new one.
Windows error 0x80300024 can be very troublesome. It makes it impossible for you to install the OS. The only way to prevent the error is to ensure that your computer system is in good health, all accessories including drives are properly connected and functional.