Windows error code 0x80300024 is related to the operating system and can occur in any version of the Windows OS. The error code 0x80300024 is accompanied by a message indicating, ‘Windows is unable to install to the selected location’ or something on similar lines. Even though this error can occur in any Windows operating system, it is more specific to Windows 7 as compared to others. The error can occur when installing or reinstalling the operating system. This is when installing on a formatted hard disk drive or a new one. It can also happen when upgrading to Windows 10.

Common Reasons for Installation Error 0x80300024 On Windows

Some common reasons why you may see the error code 0x80300024 when installing are:

  • Damaged hard disk drive chips
  • Loose connection between installation drive and installation hard disk
  • Damaged installation media
  • Damaged or incompatible hard disk drivers
  • Insufficient space on the hard disk.


Solution 1:Basic Troubleshooting

Simple troubleshooting measures can help resolve the issue in no time. Here are few things that you need to do.

  • Check if all required peripherals and accessories are connected properly.
  • Double check if the installation hard disk and installation drive are stable.
  • Check if the installation location is of the right size.
  • Once checked, restart the computer and check if the problem is resolved.

Solution 2:Prepare Installation Location (Drive)

  1. Insert the OS installation media and then restart the computer
  2. Select ‘Boot from the installation media’
  3. Select your preferred language and accept license terms
  4. Click ‘Custom’
  5. Select ‘Hard Drive Options’ to format the drive with Windows Installer
  6. Select ‘Partitions’ and then click ‘Delete’
  7. Click ‘Next’ to restart the installation


If your computer has more than one hard disk drive, then you need to identify which one to use as installation destination.

  1. Unplug all hard disk drives except for the one you need to install the operating system on
  2. Restart the installation and check if you are still getting the errors
  3. Once the installation has successfully completed, plug back the other hard disks.

Solution 4: USB PORT

You can try this method if you are using a USB stick as your installation media.

  1. Move the USB stick from USB 3.0 port to USB 2.0 port or the other way round
  2. Also try to burn the OS files from DVD to USB stick before you carry out the installation
  3. Check if the error is now resolved.

Solution 5: Switch Drive Order

The installation may not happen properly just because of an incorrect installation location. You may need to switch the order in which destination installation location appears. You will require to access the BIOS to do this.

  1. Start or restart the computer
  2. Press F12 or applicable key to enter setup screen
  3. Check if the target drive on which you want to install is the first order (0)
  4. Restart the computer and check if you are still getting the error.