You need to install Windows due to different reasons, such as reinstall operating system and upgrade system. During the installation process, you may encounter many errors. Error 0x80300002 is a common one which implies the partition errors or the Windows installation media corruption.
Many people have reported the Windows installer error 0x80300002 during Windows installation. The detailed error message is:
We couldn’t install Windows in the location you choose. Please check your media drive. Here’s more info about what happened: 0x80300002.
Fix We Couldn’t Install Windows in the Location You Choose Error
Windows installation can be a simple process with the help of Windows Installer. The interface is very user-friendly (you can see prompts in each step), so you can finish installing the OS easily and quickly.
Yet, if corruption is found in the partition table of the drive on which the installation is performed, the Windows installation can’t be completed as planned.
If partition table corrupts, you must want to recover data from the corresponding partition immediately. Here’s what you should do:
Indeed, partition table recovery can be quite an easy job as long as you have an easy-to-use third-party tool to help you.
Causes of Windows Installer Error 0x80300002
There are many factors that could be responsible for the appearance of Windows installation error 0x80300002. I summarized three common reasons for you:
- Wrong partition: if you have selected the partition which can’t be used to install Windows, the prompt will appear.
- Improper changes of older Windows prior: if the older Windows prior has been modified, the 0x80300002 error could also show up.
- Corrupted Windows installation media: we couldn’t install Windows in the location you choose error will also occur when the media (CD/DVD/USB drive) you use to install Windows is corrupted somehow.
4 Solutions to Windows Installation Error
In this section, 4 methods will be introduced to fix the problem when We couldn’t install Windows in the location you choose error message pops up.
Method 1: remove external hardware.
A few users have reported that they only see the error after connecting certain external hardware to the computer on which Windows installation is in progress. The error is fixed when the external hardware is removed.
Therefore, when you see stop error 0x80300002, my advice is to try to solve the problem by removing all unnecessary external hardware temporarily.
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Method 2: verify the compatibility.
If the installation media is not compatible with the BIOS of your computer, the installation error will be caused.
- The BIOS must be based on UEFI when the installation media is based on GPT.
- You need to set your BIOS to legacy when the media is partitioning with MBR.
Do remember to check these parameters to find out if there is compatibility issue or not.
Method 3: delete partitions.
Bad partitions can also cause the error, so you should cancel the installation and restart your computer. If the PC can boot, you should try deleting partition. Before deleting partitions, you should back up data in it.
How to delete (in Windows 10):
- Right click on This PC desktop icon.
- Choose Manage from the pop-up menu.
- Select Disk Management under Storage.
- Right click on the target partition and choose Delete Volume.
- Repeat this process to delete all the partitions on your installation media.
- Try the Windows installation again and create new partitions during the process.
If you forget to back up data until the partitions have been deleted, you may use the Partition Recovery function of MiniTool.
Method 4: try System Restore.
The System Restore feature in Windows will allow you to restore your system to an early point where the error didn’t occur. After the System Restore has been done correctly, you can try to install Windows again.
Besides, you can also try to fix We couldn’t install Windows in the location you choose issue by recreating the bootable USB drive or connecting the hard disk to a different computer.