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  • Question

  • I am attempting to install Windows Server 2008 on to an older server that meets the physical hardware requirements ... I think. The system is a Dell PowerEdge SC420. About a 1/2 hour into the installation I receive the following error:

    Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation. Error code: 0x80070070.

    Can anyone help me understand what this error message is attempting to tell me.

    Thanks,
    Marcus
    Thursday, April 16, 2009 2:36 PM

Answers

  • Hello,

           You havent mentioned the space of your Hard Drive where you want Windows 2008 to be installed. Please make it sure that your dvdrom and media is perfect. To make it sure that there is a problem with you media files you can download the Windows 2008 Trial from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/trial-software.aspx and try installing it.

    Thanks and Hope it helps


    Sunday, April 19, 2009 7:05 AM
  • OK,

    I've tried a different DVD with no success. I didn't swap out the DVD drive, because that doesn't seem logical since the install runs at least 20 minutes be for it fails. However, if anyone feels it could cause the problem I'm open to trying it. Would the hard drive cause this error or maybe the BIOS?

    More help would be appreciated..Thanks Marcus

    HI,

    I suggest do In-Place upgrade from Windows 2003 X64 to Windows 2008 .

    It might work :)


    Regards



    Chinthaka
    Thursday, April 30, 2009 3:47 PM

All replies

  • hi ther,e

    this error is due to insufficient space, please make sure you have sufficient space on root drive.


    sainath Windows Driver Development
    Thursday, April 16, 2009 5:25 PM
  • Hello,

    I have over 100GB available on my hard drive. I performed scan disk and defrag. I found other posting that indicated that it maybe insufficient hard drive space so I eliminated that early in the process. Do you have any other suggestions or could it be my hard-drive?

    Thanks,
    Friday, April 17, 2009 1:19 PM
  • hi Marcus,

    Seem there is problem with you installation media or DVD drive.This problem happen usually when corrupt installation media.Try with another DVD drive and another installation media.


    Regards
    Chinthaka -If you think my thread is helpful for you, Please vote.
    Saturday, April 18, 2009 5:55 PM
  • Hello,

           You havent mentioned the space of your Hard Drive where you want Windows 2008 to be installed. Please make it sure that your dvdrom and media is perfect. To make it sure that there is a problem with you media files you can download the Windows 2008 Trial from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/trial-software.aspx and try installing it.

    Thanks and Hope it helps


    Sunday, April 19, 2009 7:05 AM
  • hi marcus,

    did you had a chance to go through the above procedure ?

    have a good day
    sainath Windows Driver Development
    Sunday, April 19, 2009 10:48 AM
  • Hello All,

    Thanks for the suggestions and assistance. As mentioned previously I have plenty of free hard-drive space. I did notice some imperfections on my DVD I attempted to clean it. That didn't help. 

    I'm an Action Pack subscriber so I ordered another DVD. I will give a status update following receipt and re-install attempt.

    Thanks
    Marcus  
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 1:14 PM
  • hi marcus,

    thanks for the update and we will wait for the update

    best of luck .
    sainath Windows Driver Development
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 7:47 AM
  • OK,

    I've tried a different DVD with no success. I didn't swap out the DVD drive, because that doesn't seem logical since the install runs at least 20 minutes be for it fails. However, if anyone feels it could cause the problem I'm open to trying it. Would the hard drive cause this error or maybe the BIOS?

    More help would be appreciated..Thanks Marcus

    Thursday, April 30, 2009 3:41 PM
  • OK,

    I've tried a different DVD with no success. I didn't swap out the DVD drive, because that doesn't seem logical since the install runs at least 20 minutes be for it fails. However, if anyone feels it could cause the problem I'm open to trying it. Would the hard drive cause this error or maybe the BIOS?

    More help would be appreciated..Thanks Marcus

    HI,

    I suggest do In-Place upgrade from Windows 2003 X64 to Windows 2008 .

    It might work :)


    Regards



    Chinthaka
    Thursday, April 30, 2009 3:47 PM
  • It's realy sucks, I met same problem. My Hardware configure

    DELL Optiplex 755.
    500G Harddisk as boot disk, only this 500G harddisk in my PC, still not enough? my god.

    I try I can install XP, Win7, waste my two days.

    God help me.
    Thursday, November 19, 2009 4:44 PM
  • I ran into the same problem today. I was trying to install to a 500gb HD so I knew it was not a disk space issue. After burning several CD's beliving it was the media, I noticed there was a a reserved 100mb partition on the drive. When I deleted that partition, and reran setup  i was able to install win 2008 properly.

    Hope this helps some!


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    Sunday, December 13, 2009 10:43 PM
  • I have this same problem.I have windows 7 installed on another partition on the same drive but there is plenty of space left on the drive so I know that isn't the problem. I would try to delete the reserverd partion Brad mentioned but I read somewhere this was created by windows 7 during installation and might currupt the MBR if deleted. Can anyone verify if Brad's solution or any worked for them......Thanks

    Waiting patiently while pulling my hair out.
    Friday, January 22, 2010 6:30 PM
  • I have run into this on more than one occasion and I think I know why it is happening, but I am not sure how to fix it yet.  The last couple of posts are on the right track with the reserved 100mb partition being the problem.  In my case I am running a custom installation with $OEM$ added to the DVD:/sources/ path.  This is so I can run HP Proliant driver and agent installs after the OS install is complete.   This failure seems to occur when these files are being copied over (93% on my status). The Windows 2008 install is choosing this 100MB partition path as the temp location for all these files, which simply is not big enough.

    This partition exists so that boot files can be separate from the system partition, it helps avoid the situation where if the C: drive fills up it does not corrupt the MBR and make the system un-startable.

    I have two choices at this point, I can make the boot partition bigger in the autounattend.XML, or I can try and find a parameter to change in the autounattend (or elsewhere) to force these temp files to another location.   I'll post back if I figure this out

     

    Friday, April 23, 2010 11:02 PM
  • ---

    I ended up resolving this by removing the 100MB boot partition altogether for my unattended Windows 2008 sp2 install.

    I left the setting in place for my WIndows 2008 R2 autounttend install.

    This partition appears to be an advent for 2008R2/Win7.  It does'nt seem to behave well for R1/Vista.

     

    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 11:28 PM
  • Marcus,

    Did you ever solve this problem? How did you boot/access the Windows Server 2008 DVD?

    Thanks,

    EAK

    Wednesday, August 18, 2010 12:18 AM
  • I had the same problem: trying to install Small Business Server Premium 2008 64bit with plenty of disk space and I kept getting error code: 0x80070070.  It turns out the problem was that I was attempting the install on top of an SBS 2003 32bit installation -- not an upgrade, which is not possible from 32bit to 64bit, just trying to install 2008 on the same drive that held a 2003 install. (I didn't care about the data, obviously.)

    I reformatted the operating system partition, obliterating the 2003 install, and the 2008 install proceeded normally.

     

    Wednesday, December 15, 2010 6:06 PM
  • I just want to let everyone know that I had this same problem today and the solution glenn380 chose fixed my problem completely, in fact i was doing the same thing glenn380 was. Thank you SO much.
    Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:58 AM
  • You saved my day!!! Thank you...I was trying to boot and install windows vista using USB flash drive.....it took 2 hours to make disk image and then making bootable drive(internal DVD drive was broken)I was afraid I have to start over every thing because first thing came in my mind was, I missed something. Thank you again.
    • Edited by vid4click Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:14 PM
    Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:14 PM
  • Dear marcus!

    just delete the system reserved space on your  system and try again. i just had the same problem and i got through by doing this. i hope this would help...!

    sincerely,

    Mehtab

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013 6:25 AM
  • Hi yeah this is working Awesome thank u for ur help :)
    Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:46 AM
  • which is simple..

    Before we installing Server OS 3 important things.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc546052(v=ws.10).aspx

    on NO.2,  We have to format the HDD. so if you see any other system drive even (100MB) delete it then delete the main partition then combine it (NEW). 

    Hope it's help :)

    Sorry for my English

    Thursday, February 6, 2014 12:17 AM
  • Thanks Mehtab, Your fix solved my problem.....
    Monday, March 17, 2014 3:41 PM
  • Men, your reply helped me so much. Thanks a lot!
    Tuesday, April 7, 2015 9:21 PM
  • very helpful, i was facing the same kind of issue, after recreating the system reserved partition my problem gone all working fine..
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016 9:45 PM
  • Hello,

    I believe this is cause because of the partition structure.

    I had formatted the old partitions (both) that i had used for a 2008 r2 install (200mb + 240GB)

    the install failed with this error.

    i deleted the partitions and created a new one and it did not create the 200mb partition. (obviously didnt need it)

    install went perfectly. 

    Tuesday, May 15, 2018 9:48 AM