Windows 7 – Cannot copy files required for installation error

I recently received the “Cannot copy files required for installation” error (with error code: 0x80070017) when trying to install Windows 7 on my PC. After some investigation I found that the top 3 reasons this happens are:

  1. The DVD you are using is corrupt.
    • If you are burning the ISO image to a DVD, you need to choose the lowest speed and be sure to verify it after burn (I used 4x)
  2. Your memory may be playing up.
    • Run a memory test using the free tool from Any errors reported need to be ironed out. I simply took out 2gb of the 4gb my system had installed and this cleared the error. I then re-inserted the memory when Windows 7 had installed.
  3. Reset your BIOS settings to default.
    • You should make sure you are not aggressively over clocking your system.

Good luck!

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