Installing Windows normally requires a few clicks and it’s relatively easy. But some people experience an error code 0x80070001 and an error message saying “Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for the installation are available and restart the installation”.
This error message only leaves you with information that the installation files can’t be installed, which is likely caused by the corrupted installation files. You can also do other things to make sure that it can be fixed with easier solutions.
Fixing Windows cannot install required files (0x80070001)
Make a bootable installation media again
You can recreate the bootable installation media by using the Rufus app. Ensure that the ISO file itself isn’t corrupted, or, you can simply download a new one for Windows 10 or Windows 11 through the Microsoft website.
When installing Windows, you probably have formatted your system partition, making it impossible to recreate the bootable installation media. To fix this, simply use another PC.
Use another bootable media (flash drive or DVD)
DVD might not work properly if it isn’t clean, so you can try cleaning it and try installing Windows again. Although cleaning requires caution since if you don’t do it properly you might damage your DVD.
If it still doesn’t work, try using another DVD or another bootable media like a flash drive. A flash drive works more conveniently for installation purposes, especially installing Windows.
But still, if your flash drive is slightly broken and too old, it can make the files inside corrupted, making it impossible to use it for installing Windows. Use another flash drive that’s also compatible with installation media.
Ensure you install the right Windows architecture (64-bit or 32-bit)
Microsoft lets you install Windows in different architecture that matches your hardware. You can install 32-bit or 64-bit on a 64-bit computer, but you can’t install 64-bit Windows on a 32-bit computer.
Thus, check the ISO file and ensure they’re the right version that matches your computer. If you don’t know whether your computer has 32-bit or 64-bit, you can check it by right-clicking This PC > Properties.
Try disabling the overclock configuration/settings
If you overclock your PC, you might get problems during installation due to your hardware working too hard. Some users experienced this and had it fixed by turning off the overclock settings.
To turn off overlock settings, you can do it on the BIOS.
Windows should be able to be installed after ensuring that the ISO file is not corrupted, although that doesn’t mean you don’t have to do the other suggestions if your problem hasn’t been solved. During the ISO file download, also ensure it doesn’t experience errors by having a stable internet connection to minimize the chance of the file being corrupted.
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Dony Prasetiyo has been writing on monkeymanifesto.com for about two years, intended to help solve computer and smartphone problems with easy-to-understand blog posts. He has written over 480 blog posts about Windows, Office, Android, and more.