Windows: Windows is unable to install to the selected location. Error: 0x80300001

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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38 thoughts on “Windows: Windows is unable to install to the selected location. Error: 0x80300001

  1. Don Milner says:

    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 says:

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

  3. Matias says:

    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. Art says:

    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.

  5. Rider says:

    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

  6. Tom says:

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

  7. Kevin M says:

    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

  8. Zappa says:

    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.

  9. justin says:

    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.

  10. Matt P says:

    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

  11. Espen Telvik says:

    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

  12. David McLaughlin says:

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

  13. James says:

    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!

  14. Robert Chase says:

    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”.

  15. Bud says:

    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.

  16. 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.

  17. 2ez4z says:

    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”.

  18. Luis says:

    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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