Error 0x80300024 While installing Windows Fixed

Thursday, 15 July 2021

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.

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

Windows installation error 0x80300024 fixed

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.

  1. Reply Kamaljit May 25, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    If u have 2hdd or 1hdd and another add then clean both in cmd .by pressing shift f10 in installation Windows.then works.

    • Reply admin May 26, 2017 at 3:51 am

      Thank you for your suggestion Kamaljit, This may help others.

      • Reply Saugesh May 16, 2019 at 2:46 pm

        Method 5 works for me thanks so much

  2. Reply Nope August 19, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Method 3 worked for me

    • Reply Amir Maalek May 20, 2020 at 7:25 am

      Method 3 worked for me. Thanks

  3. Reply Nope August 19, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Method 3 worked for me yayayaya

  4. Reply Miles December 10, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Method 3 worked for me as well. Thanks!

  5. Reply Josh December 14, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Method 5 solved this error for me.

  6. Reply amin January 5, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you for your suggestion
    i have another hard disk and i remove ( EXTRA HARD DISK)
    and it works .amin from iran

  7. Reply roger aiken January 12, 2018 at 2:07 am

    Method 3 worked for me as well. Thanks much. The 0 and 1 drive priority is an important piece of information I lacked.

  8. Reply John January 22, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Method five for me thanks

  9. Reply Grant Turner February 20, 2018 at 2:15 am

    I am doing an install of w7pro from usb 2.0. had the issue installing onto a ssd. I removed the sata cables from the other drives and moved the usb to the back of the computer instead of using the ports in front/on top. thanks.

  10. Reply Russell March 5, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Method 3 worked

  11. Reply What March 19, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Why does having more than 1 drive attached keep you from installing? What is even the point of the drive selection, if it won’t install when you have more than 1 drive attached?

  12. Reply Barrie April 25, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    I deleted one of my SSD that fixed the problem. thanks

  13. Reply Rob May 30, 2018 at 3:26 am

    I just switched the 2 hard drives around and it works now thanks for the tips

  14. Reply Css June 22, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Method 3 worked for me- thanks

  15. Reply Chris July 6, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Try setting booting to legacy, not UEFI. That did it for me

  16. Reply Matt August 6, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Method 3 worked for me. As soon as I disconnected my secondary/backup hard drive it started to take the upload (W7 Home Premium)

  17. Reply TTB Studios October 15, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Thanks much! Method 3 worked after much frustration. Cheers!

  18. Reply ana October 16, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Good for me… i foun solution whit these instructions

  19. Reply RagenRat November 15, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    #2 & #3 FIXED MY PROBLEM’S 🙂 Thanks so much
    RagenRat / Mark

  20. Reply Ylb December 4, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Method 3 worked

  21. Reply Al-amin December 15, 2018 at 10:07 am

    you don’t need to remove another hard drive.
    just change the boot priority in bios boot option and done

  22. Reply Ton January 4, 2019 at 8:15 am

    mehod 5, Change the order of disks in Bios was the solution for me.

  23. Reply Ton January 4, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Method 3 Changing the order of disks in BIOS was the solution (installing Windows10 home)

  24. Reply GC April 3, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    you don’t need to remove another hard drive. You
    just change the boot priority hdd in bios boot option and done.

  25. Reply Le toan May 5, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Many thanks to Method 3
    It works!!!

  26. Reply Dwayne Houston May 17, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Thank You!!! Building a new System and was having issues with this. I was starting to wonder if it was my OEM copy. Using the moving the hard drive to the first order and moving the USB drive I believe helped permit me To get past the error!! This makes building another system seem more likely for me!

  27. Reply jenni t April 4, 2021 at 1:03 am

    thank you, changing the position of my new SSD to the top of the list fixed it.

  28. Reply Jon April 30, 2021 at 9:24 am

    I found that the SSD I was trying to install to had an MBR partition and once I changed it to a GPR partition windows would install

    • Reply Mike August 28, 2021 at 5:31 am

      I spent HOURS looking for a solution. I read this. Unplugged my original HDD and booted from the USB with the windows installation file and the error is GONE and windows is finally being installed to my SSD. THANKYOU!!!

  29. Reply Jason July 30, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks Method 5

  30. Reply Andrew November 7, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Disconnecting all other drives fixed it for me.

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