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Windows: Windows is unable to install to the selected location. Error: 0×80300001

Well… all these years of development and Microsoft still can’t get the installation part right. Not too surprising… huh?

If you have a storage controller or using motherboard RAID, it’s quite possible that you see this error message after loading the drivers. This could happen on systems with a single CD drive and It’s also likely to happen if you are installing storage drivers from a USB flash drive.

If your driver CD is still in the drive (or USB drive) and Windows CD out on your desk, you won’t be notified properly. Instead, you will see the above error message which was very frustrating in my case. Remember to replace the driver CD with Windows, wait until you hear it spin and then you will notice the Next button is no longer grayed out. It is not safe to assume that Windows would give you a hint. I wonder how much the missing error message was going to cost Microsoft that they decided not to add it.

Frustrating… very unprofessional of Microsoft to say the least.

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  1. Don Milner
    2:53 PM on October 16th, 2009
    Firefox 3.5.3 Firefox 3.5.3 Windows Vista Windows Vista
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.1.3) Gecko/20090824 Firefox/3.5.3 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)

    I have tried everything and then I tried this for my Dell XPS-M1730 laptop and it worked like a charm. I agree with you Dell should have put a pop up windows saying put back your windows cd because it slipped my mind that I changed them and totally forgot. Thanks again

  2. Eric
    1:18 AM on November 1st, 2009
    Google Chrome 3.0.195.27 Google Chrome 3.0.195.27 Windows Vista Windows Vista
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US) AppleWebKit/532.0 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/3.0.195.27 Safari/532.0

    Wow…. this stupid error had me totally stumped….. Thanks for the info guys! You saved me more wasted time and aggravation!

  3. Matias
    4:33 AM on November 11th, 2009
    Internet Explorer 8.0 Internet Explorer 8.0 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
    Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/4.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; WWTClient2)

    Thank you for saving me a bunch of time and hair pulling. You are right. Very unprofessional of Microsoft. For all the attention to detail in 7/R2, they sure missed a few things.

  4. chad
    6:35 AM on November 14th, 2009
    Internet Explorer 8.0 Internet Explorer 8.0 Windows 7 Windows 7
    Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/4.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; InfoPath.2)

    X3 who woulda thunk once I put the CD back in that error would have vanished.
    thanks for making this post.

  5. Art
    5:10 PM on December 13th, 2009
    Internet Explorer 8.0 Internet Explorer 8.0 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
    Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/4.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0)

    I have been battleing with this ALL day. You really saved my butt on this one.
    I was about to turn an Alienware laptop into a UFO.

  6. Milan
    6:18 PM on January 30th, 2010
    Internet Explorer 8.0 Internet Explorer 8.0 Windows 7 Windows 7
    Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/4.0; NGD_build; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; InfoPath.2; MS-RTC LM 8)

    Dude, thanks for the info. Was stuck here until I found your hint. Strange bug in windows 7 installer !

  7. Chris
    1:21 AM on March 27th, 2010
    Firefox 3.6.2 Firefox 3.6.2 Windows 7 Windows 7
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2.2) Gecko/20100316 Firefox/3.6.2 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)

    Thank you. I’ve dealt with this for 6 g** d*** hours! =)

  8. Rider
    3:41 PM on May 10th, 2010
    Firefox 3.5.9 Firefox 3.5.9 Fedora 12 Fedora 12
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-GB; rv:1.9.1.9) Gecko/20100330 Fedora/3.5.9-2.fc12 Firefox/3.5.9

    Windows Server 2008 R2 has this same problem.

    When I say this post I went back and re-inserted the DVD and BANG … next button no longer greyed out …

    1 day I lost with this ….

    Thanks

  9. Tom
    8:18 PM on August 24th, 2010
    Firefox 3.6.8 Firefox 3.6.8 Windows 7 Windows 7
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2.8) Gecko/20100722 Firefox/3.6.8 GTB7.1

    Wow. Thanks for the info. What a stupid error. I did have to hit the refresh button after putting the install dvd back in.

  10. Kevin M
    11:42 AM on September 17th, 2010
    Firefox 3.5.13 Firefox 3.5.13 Windows 7 Windows 7
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv:1.9.1.13) Gecko/20100914 Firefox/3.5.13

    I have to agree with the author of this thread. I wasted way to much time of this extremely simple and highly confusing situation. I cannot believe the only problem I was experiencing was that the driver disk was still in the machine. I put the Win7 disk back in and no problems from that point forward. Many people at Microsoft must have been sleeping on the job for this mistake!!! Grrrr

  11. Gary
    9:49 AM on October 6th, 2010
    Google Chrome 6.0.472.63 Google Chrome 6.0.472.63 Windows 7 Windows 7
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.3 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/6.0.472.63 Safari/534.3

    Thanks for this guys, Microsoft never fail to amaze me with stuff like this!

  12. Simon
    5:23 PM on October 12th, 2010
    Firefox 3.6.10 Firefox 3.6.10 Windows 7 Windows 7
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-GB; rv:1.9.2.10) Gecko/20100914 Firefox/3.6.10

    Oh My Gosh, what a stupid error message. Thanks for clearing that up! Glad I only spent 2 mins before searching online!

  13. Zappa
    4:45 AM on November 18th, 2010
    Internet Explorer 7.0 Internet Explorer 7.0 Windows XP Windows XP
    Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; GTB6.5; .NET CLR 1.0.3705; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.30; InfoPath.1; .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; MS-RTC LM 8)

    Thanx alot for the info, got me very frustrade for about 5 minutes before I googled it up… It’s for a 2008 R2. The none R2 version of 2008 and does not have this issue.

  14. justin
    7:41 PM on November 28th, 2010
    Firefox 3.6.12 Firefox 3.6.12 Windows 7 Windows 7
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2.12) Gecko/20101026 Firefox/3.6.12

    But what if you just flashed the bios and installed a new version. i got his error installing all windows. when installing windows vista it gave me the above error. how can i fix that wrong.

  15. Ali
    4:56 PM on November 29th, 2010
    Firefox 3.6.12 Firefox 3.6.12 Windows 7 Windows 7
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2.12) Gecko/20101026 Firefox/3.6.12 GTB7.1 ( .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET4.0E)

    You probably need to check your boot volume and make sure your system is able to boot from that partition.

  16. visitor
    7:08 PM on December 13th, 2010
    Firefox 3.6.8 Firefox 3.6.8 Windows 7 Windows 7
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2.8) Gecko/20100722 Firefox/3.6.8

    Thanks for info!
    Saved me bunch of time as I was thinking my controller is too old.
    Horrible error reporting…

    Cheers!

  17. dror
    2:06 PM on January 6th, 2011
    Internet Explorer 8.0 Internet Explorer 8.0 Windows XP Windows XP
    Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; InfoPath.2; AskTB5.6)

    man you saved my life !!!! thank you

  18. Andy
    1:32 AM on April 22nd, 2011
    Google Chrome 10.0.648.204 Google Chrome 10.0.648.204 Windows 7 Windows 7
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.16 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/10.0.648.204 Safari/534.16

    Micro (small) soft (limp) well that says it all!

  19. Scherle
    6:34 PM on June 11th, 2011
    Firefox 4.0.1 Firefox 4.0.1 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:2.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/4.0.1

    OK, I feel stewpud for not catching this myself, but thank you very much!

  20. Matt P
    8:28 AM on June 17th, 2011
    Firefox 4.0.1 Firefox 4.0.1 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:2.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/4.0.1

    Yes, OK i was the stupid plumb who left the DVD in the reader, but come on M$ this is very basic stuff. You wonder why so many people use Apple products…

    IF DVD=[WrongOne] THEN
    MsgBox ( “Oi mate change the DVD for the correct one, you call yourself an IT Expert?!)
    End IF

    Not

    IF DVD=[WrongOne] THEN
    MsgBox ( 0x0Random useless code”)
    End IF

  21. Paul
    2:32 PM on June 29th, 2011
    Internet Explorer 9.0 Internet Explorer 9.0 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
    Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/5.0)

    You are GOD.

    Better than ERROR 8x3000000xxx or such like!!! MS be ashamed.

  22. Ali
    2:36 PM on June 29th, 2011
    Wordpress App 1.4.1 Wordpress App 1.4.1 Android 1.4.1 Android 1.4.1
    wp-android/1.4.1

    :-)

  23. Timur
    12:42 PM on October 12th, 2011
    Google Chrome 12.0.742.122 Google Chrome 12.0.742.122 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/534.30 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/12.0.742.122 Safari/534.30

    Thank you very much… I wasted a lot of time with this error and was looking for an Raid error… THX

  24. Adam
    4:40 AM on October 14th, 2011
    Google Chrome 14.0.835.202 Google Chrome 14.0.835.202 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/535.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/14.0.835.202 Safari/535.1

    Jesus, my first server installation and got this error. haha feel stupid, but thanks for this, now installing :)

  25. Ian
    8:47 PM on October 16th, 2011
    Google Chrome 11.0.696.68 Google Chrome 11.0.696.68 Windows XP Windows XP
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1) AppleWebKit/534.24 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/11.0.696.68 Safari/534.24

    thanks for posting.

    microsoft software quality is so poor these days, its hard to trust anything they do

  26. Espen Telvik
    6:45 AM on December 26th, 2011
    Google Chrome 16.0.912.63 Google Chrome 16.0.912.63 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/535.7 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/16.0.912.63 Safari/535.7

    Still cant get it to work. got the error no matter what i do. i am running install from usb since i aint got no cdrom atm. Tryed linux install to format and re partition, but got no further

  27. Jon
    11:33 PM on January 1st, 2012
    Internet Explorer 9.0 Internet Explorer 9.0 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
    Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/5.0)

    You just saved me a ton of time tonight! Thanks!

  28. David McLaughlin
    4:00 PM on January 9th, 2012
    Google Chrome 16.0.912.63 Google Chrome 16.0.912.63 GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686) AppleWebKit/535.7 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/16.0.912.63 Safari/535.7

    Awesome!
    Google got me to you, and this was my exact problem.
    I put in the Windows 7 installation disk, and vola it worked!

  29. Ali
    9:48 PM on January 11th, 2012
    Wordpress App 2.9.3 Wordpress App 2.9.3 iPhone iPhone
    wp-iphone/2.9.3

    Pull the USB drive as directed.

  30. James
    10:59 AM on February 18th, 2012
    Firefox 10.0.2 Firefox 10.0.2 Windows Vista Windows Vista
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.0; rv:10.0.2) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/10.0.2

    Thanks Dude, Just busted my nuts on a SBS 2011 server on HP ML150 G6 with same error for 2 hours. With drivers on USB and Win CD in ROM installed fine. Thanks for the post!

  31. Robert Chase
    8:45 AM on May 16th, 2012
    Google Chrome 19.0.1084.46 Google Chrome 19.0.1084.46 Mac OS X 10.6.8 Mac OS X 10.6.8
    Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_6_8) AppleWebKit/536.5 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/19.0.1084.46 Safari/536.5

    I was loading storage drivers for a Cisco UCS chassis and installing windows on some LUN’s on the SAN and thought there was an issue with my storage driver or the LUN’s. I tried looking up the error on Microsoft’s site and got nothing useful other than their usual garbage docs. Googled the error message and got this VERY USEFUL blog post.

    This is a catastrophic usability bug and makes it painfully apparent that Microsoft does not QA their installers at all. Instead of providing some cryptic error message how about “unable to read installer media”.

  32. Bud
    2:56 PM on May 23rd, 2012
    Firefox 12.0 Firefox 12.0 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:12.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/12.0

    Classic .. same issue here! Windows 2008 R2 with a Qlogic controller that needed drivers during installation. Thankfully didn’t waist too much time finding this post.

  33. Fritzeflink
    5:29 PM on July 23rd, 2012
    Firefox 14.0.1 Firefox 14.0.1 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:14.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/14.0.1

    Thanks dude, you saved my live, I was about to throw that machine out of the window

  34. vaibhav
    1:17 AM on September 27th, 2012
    Opera Mini 6.1.25380 Opera Mini 6.1.25380 Unknown Unknown
    Opera/9.80 (Series 60; Opera Mini/6.1.25380/28.2555; U; en) Presto/2.8.119 Version/11.10

    someone pls help, I have done everything out here , I am installing vista 32 bit from USB but everytime I am getting the same error . Pls help somebody and I have already formatted C drive still no clue.

  35. 2ez4z
    11:33 PM on October 13th, 2012
    Firefox 15.0.1 Firefox 15.0.1 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:15.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/15.0.1

    All I just got my configuration to work after switching up some stuff on my BIOS. This was for the GA-EP45 motherboard. I set my options in the BIOS for SATA RAID “RAID” , SATA Port0-3 “Enable”, Onboard SATA Ctrl Mode “AHCI”.

  36. Boston7
    10:47 AM on June 4th, 2014
    Safari 7.0.4 Safari 7.0.4 Mac OS X 10.9.3 Mac OS X 10.9.3
    Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_9_3) AppleWebKit/537.76.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/7.0.4 Safari/537.76.4

    Thanks for this – saved me a ton of time and a headache. Cheers!

  37. Luis
    2:08 PM on June 27th, 2014
    Google Chrome 35.0.1916.153 Google Chrome 35.0.1916.153 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition
    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/35.0.1916.153 Safari/537.36

    Thank you very much Ali Aboosaidi, I was installing windows 2012 R2 on HP Proliant DL360E GEN8 when I faced this hideous error. So you saved me to call to hp for the 10th time.

    Great Post

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