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If you have recently attempted to download Windows 7 on your computer, you may have been unlucky enough to experience the following error: 0x80070570. Read on for useful background and instructions on how to fix it.
In our research about possible fixes for this error, we have gathered some ways to fix this error. Some of the possible fixes that we have come across in your research and that, no doubt, you would also come across if you searched for it are way too technical and complicated.
In this tutorial, we will offer you not only the best ways to fix error 0x80070570 but also the easiest ones. So, whether you consider yourself computer savvy or not will actually not matter. Everyone, no matter how experienced or inexperienced, you should be able to fix this error by following our tutorial.
Before we go into all the possible fixes for this error, let’s look at what causes it.
What Causes Installation Error Code 0x80070570
As we hinted at above, this error is most commonly associated with installing Windows 7. All that being said, this error can actually happen in a variety of different scenarios although most of them have something to do with software installation.
Very often, this error seems to occur in the middle of installing software, normally in one of the following two scenarios:
- When you are performing a clean install of Windows 7.
- When you are installing an update for Widows.
In those cases, you will find that the install is halted before completion, usually somewhere around the middle of it. You will then should get an error message on your screen making clear that there is definitely a problem going on. The error message that you would get, will be as follows:
“Windows cannot install required files. The files may be corrupt or missing. Make sure all files required for installation are available and restart the installation. Error code: 0x80070570.”
There is a long list of possible reasons that cause this error. In our opinion, it is always useful to know why errors occur. But, we understand that no everybody is as interested in this as we are and we also appreciate that you might just want a quick fix.
So, if you are not interested in knowing what causes this error is not really high up on your list of priorities, you might as well skip over the rest of this section and go straight to the next one for detailed instructions on how to solve this error.
All that being said, here are the more recurrent reasons behind error 0x80070570.
The most common reason is that the installations disk (CD) that you are using is either damaged (scratched) or do not have the right permission to be used on your Windows computer.
Another reason is that a user of the computer has deleted or moved some files that are needed in order to complete the install. Similarly, it could be that the application that you are installing is not able to find some files in needs for other reasons such as those files being missing or corrupted, or errors occurring in the registry settings.
It is also possible that your getting this error message and the install being interrupted could be a sign that your computer has actually been previously infected by malware or a virus. The fact that you are getting this error now does not necessarily mean that your computer has just been infected by a virus. It could very well be the case that you have had that virus or malware for some time but are just now noticing it.
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There could also be other reasons but these are really the more prevalent for this specific error. Now that we have gone through them, let’s look at the following possible fixes.
As you will see, all these methods are fairly simple but they do take some time and, in some cases, extra equipment. So, we’d recommend that you read through the methods before deciding which ones you’d like to try out and have the time to buy or download any extra software before you go ahead and try to fix this error.
Possible Fix # 1
I know that the first possible fix may seem really self-evident. You might even think that it is no fix at all but trust me it does work. And anything as simple and usually as effective as this possible fix is is well worth trying out.
The first thing I’d suggest you do would be to attempt to install the Windows software that was previously interrupted by this error.
So, what is this all about? Well, this is all about trying to rule out whether the problem is created by a corrupted or damaged installation disk.
One way in which you can do this is to burn the installation disk at a low speed onto a new CD so you can use the data and the Windows installation key but from a CD that is not damaged.
We cannot emphasize strongly enough that you should do the burning on a very low speed. The reason for this is that it is a lot more common to get errors if you try to write the new disk at a fast speed.
We are aware that this method takes time so be patient. Obviously, if you want this to work out do not choose an old or a cheap disk. Some people may be tempted to grab any old empty disk they have lying around and write the data onto this. We’d strongly discourage you from doing this. It’s a false economy.
An old or a cheap disk may already be damaged and, even if it’s not, it is definably a lot more likely to become damaged than a good quality one. So do not be afraid to spend some money into a quality disk before you go ahead and burn the data onto it.
Once you have written the new disk attempt the installation again.
If you were not using a disk for the original installation but a USB with an ISO file, just try a new USB stick. It doesn’t matter how old this is as it is harder for a USB to become damaged. But if you have a few USB lying around, try one after the other after you find one that’ll do the trick for you.
When attempted the installation again make sure that you remove the hardware that you do not need from your computer. This is because you’d want to prevent any potential incompatibility from causing errors when you install the software. Here’s a list of typically unnecessary hardware:
- Network cards.
- Microphone hardware.
- Any external drives.
Once you have removed all the unnecessary hardware, and have made sure that you have the latest version of ISO, you should attempt the installation again.
Then follow these simple steps:
- Grab your Windows
- Click in the install button on the installation wizard.
- If you get the error again, then click on cancel installation.
- Then, click on the install now again
After those three steps, your Windows computer should carry out the installation. The main advantage of following this method is that you will need to reboot your computer.
Possible Fix # 2
If the first method does not work out for you or if you’d like to try out something else instead then you could try the following steps:
- Grab your Windows
- Insert the installation CD.
- Do not carry out the installation but, instead, restart your computer. You may be prompted to press a key to continue. If so, do so.
- Then, you will be asked to set the language settings for the program you are trying to install. Set them according to your needs.
- Once you have set your language, click on the next You will then presented with a series of options.
- Choose repair my computer.
- Next, choose the installation that needs to be repaired (i.e., the installation that caused the error originally), and click on the next This action will cause the system recovery option to display on your screen.
- Double-click on system recovery option. This will cause the command prompt to display on your screen.
- Type in the following text into the system recovery option “chkdsk/f/f” (no quotation marks).
- Hit enter.
- After a while, you will be asked to select Y or N. Obviously, select Y in order to complete the process.
Other Possible Fixes
If the methods to fix this error that we have gone through the tutorial so far do not quite work out for you, there are a few other things that you could try.
All these methods have been proved to fix error 0x80070570. If you have any feedback or would like to share your own fix, please leave us a message in the comments section below!
Ryan is a computer enthusiast who has a knack for fixing difficult and technical software problems. Whether you’re having issues with Windows, Safari, Chrome or even an HP printer, Ryan helps out by figuring out easy solutions to common error codes.