For the most part, Windows is a rather easy to use OS which is just as simple to debug. Restarting your PC is known to fix just about any problem you’re having.
While that may be true for a bunch of errors, it’s not always a fix. In this article, we’re talking about the Windows Installation Error 0x80300024 and giving you a few solutions to try and fix the problem.
What causes the 0x80300024 error?
Several triggers, including the following, can cause the 0x80300024 error.
- Too many unnecessary hard drives plugged into your PC.
- Not enough space on the partition you’re trying to install Windows.
- File system errors or corruptions on the partition or drive.
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How to fix the 0x80300024 error?
Here are a few simple fixes for you to try and fix the 0x80300024 error during Windows installation.
Remove extra drives
If you have more than one hard disk connected to your PC and you’re running into the error while trying to install Windows on one of them, unplug the extra drives to force Windows onto the drive you want.
Try another port
If you’re using a bootable USB drive to install Windows (as you should), try plugging it into another port. Sometimes, port bandwidth limitations or a damaged port can trigger the error code 0x80300024.
Format the drive
Formatting your drive is another good idea to eliminate any corruptions that might be triggering the error. You can either format the drive from the existing OS on your PC or while installing Windows on the drive selection screen.
Check target drive’s boot priority
Another thing you should look out for is that the target drive is set to the highest boot priority. Your system can boot from multiple sources, and for this reason, your BIOS has a boot priority list where it keeps trying each source after another to boot your system.
As a general rule of thumb, your preferred boot source, or in this case, your hard drive, should always be at the top of your list. So head into your BIOS, and check the boot priority settings to ensure that the target drive is at the top of the boot priority list. This is also a good time for you to switch your boot mode to UEFI if it’s not set already.
Using Diskpart to get rid of any file or system corruption on your target drive can also help you eliminate the error.
Step 1: Open the command prompt and type diskpart. A dialogue box will pop up asking for permission, be sure to click on Yes.
Step 2: Type in list disk. This command will list out all the connected disk drives. Find out which one is your required target drive.
Step 3: Type select disk followed by the disk number.
Step 4: Type clean. This command cleans the disk off of any partitions whatsoever, resolving any errors you might face.
Replace the drive
If nothing else works, your best bet to fix error code 0x80300024 is to replace your drive with a new one to resolve the problem. If you’re using a mechanical HDD to install Windows, bad sectors on the drive could cause this error. Switching to an SSD will help you get faster boot times and increase system performance.
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