Simple Ways to Fix Error Code 0X8007045D

Error code 0x8007045d is a Windows operating system issue and can come up in any version of the OS. Leaving this issue unresolved can do significant damage to the operating system files. Some of the problems that you may face include, blank screen, freezing the screen and even the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). The message that you would see is ‘Error 0x8007045D: the request could not be performed because of an I/O device error’. This error can come up when creating a backup of the computer programs or applications on an external storage device. The error can also occur when reinstalling Windows operating system and the message can come, ‘Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available. Error code: 0x8007045d.’

Common Reasons for error code 0X8007045D

  • Corrupt registry files
  • Damaged installation media (DVD or USB stick)
  • Bad sectors on the hard disk
  • Damaged memory modules
  • Virus or Malware infection

There can be different reasons for the error code to come up. Here are some DIY solutions that can help you resolve the issue and get back and working on your computer.

DIY Solutions to fix error code 0X8007045D

Solution 1: Simple Troubleshooting

Try some basic steps and check if the problem is resolved. Here are some of the things you can try out.

  1. Restart computer and try to perform the backup
  2. In case there is an error, try backup in a different media device
  3. Check if the computer’s DVD drive is working properly, if the error occurred when reinstalling the operating system
  4. Try using a separate USB stick if you are reinstalling the OS with it.

Solution 2: Inactivate Antivirus and Firewall Software

Sometimes while you do backup of programs or applications with the antivirus or firewall running in the background can cause significant issues that can lead to error 0x8007045d. Try to inactivate both the antivirus and firewall software before you back up files and check whether you are able to do so without any problems.

Solution 3: Repair Hard disk

  1. Press Win + X top open menu
  2. Select ‘Command Prompt’ with Admin access
  3. Click ‘Yes’ to run Command Prompt as an administrator
  4. Type ‘chkdsk’ leave space and type C (drive that requires scanning)
  5. After the drive letter type ‘/f/r/x’.

Note: ‘f’ tells the utility to fix errors, ‘r’ tells it to identify any bad sectors in the disk and ‘x’ tells it to dismount the drive before the start of scanning process. Dismounting the disk is necessary since the utility can’t run if the disk is in use.

  1. Press ‘Enter’ to run the scan and once completed, restart the computer to backup programs or applications or installation to check if it resolves the issue.

Solution 4: Compress The Hard Disk

  1. Click ‘Start’ and then select ‘Control Panel’
  2. Click ‘System and Security’ in the Control Paanel
  3. Click ‘Create and format hard drive partitions’ on the open system and security screen
  4. Right click the drive you want to compress on the Disk Management screen
  5. Click ‘Shrink Volume’
  6. Follow the given instructions and restart the computer
  7. If the error persists, backup your files and reinstall the operating system.

Solution 5 – Start The Computer In Safe Mode

To protect your data, you can start your computer in the safe mode and reinstall the operating system. Note, that limited programs and applications run in the background when in the safe mode. Here is how to go about it.

  1. Click ‘Start’
  2. Select ‘Search programs and files’
  3. Type ‘msconfig’ in the open box and press Enter
  4. Click ‘Boot’ tab on the resultant System Configuration applet
  5. Go to ‘Safe Mode’ and check ‘Minimal’
  6. Click ‘OK’ to open pop up box
  7. Click ‘Restart’ to reboot the computer
  8. Now try to backup files or reinstall the operating system and check if the error is fixed.