Monday, April 2, 2012

windows 7 windows is unable to install to the selected location 0x80300024

Recently my desktop computer had an SSD drive go out. The said SSD had the installation of windows 7 on it. Out of no where the drive would not boot. I tried a few times to get it to boot, eventually it got through and gave me the classic blue screen of death, referencing some problem about disk reads.

After a few more tries I was able to get it to boot, however the system had many corrupted files. This SSD is not even a year old yet. I don't know if I will have much trust for SSD's for a while; on the other hand I have had regular disks go out on me in the same time frame.

At any rate, I had a backup of my files, and as the system had a couple of 2 TB drives I had a place to install win7 to get back up and running. I removed the SSD drive, popped in the Windows 7 install disk and rebooted. I was greeted by the installation screen and the options for choosing a drive. Beforehand I had moved all my files over to one of the drives, and cleared one off in prep to install win 7.

I selected my unallocated drive and hit go, expecting that the install would soon be under way. I was greeted by an error message "windows 7 windows is unable to install to the selected location 0x80300024". Microsoft sure does love their cryptic error messages. After a bit of googling I decided that I'd give a try at loading some drivers from the motherboard driver disk, in a ditch effort that it might be a missing driver. After no luck with the driver and win 7 installer still throwing some 0x80300024 at me.

In another ditch effort, I figure well perhaps the installer is easily confused by me having multiple hard drives. I shut down the system, unplugged the drive that had data leaving only the unallocated drive plugged in. I fired up the windows installer again, clicked the disk, low and behold my installation is underway.

This goes to show you, the windows 7 installer is easily confused. If you are having problems try unplugging all extra disks except the one you are installing to.


  1. Christ, when I came across your solution I thought there was no way the installer could be that bone-headed. I figured I would need some special SSD drivers to get it to install. Turns out the MS installer is really dumb. Thanks!

  2. Could also be a partition table Windows 7 installer does not like.

    I had a new blank disk, used the installer to create a partition, saw that some more partitions had been created by the windows installer, did not like the overall result and dared to delete one of the partitions again.

    From that moment on I could do what I want, but there was no way to get windows 7 installed, always ending up with this error "0x80300024 unable to install to the selected location". I tried anything I could think of deleting partitions, formatting, creating new ones, but nothing worked. Interesting, that it was not possible to delete all partitions created by the windows 7 installer.

    Solution: finally I used a clean up tool from the drive manufacturer (in this case seatools from seagate) and erased everything on all the first sectors for the first few hundred sectors.

    ==> Windows 7 installer can even confuse itself and not understand a partition table created by itself.