How to Fix “Windows 8 installation has failed” error


This is a standard generic installation error, and it could be caused by a number of reasons. In this article, we tried to list the most common causes for this error, and provide solutions for these causes.

“Windows 8 installation has failed” error causes and fixes :

1. USB drive issue

  • If you get the error while you are trying to make an installation media on a USB drive, it could be because of the USB drive you are using doesn’t have enough space on it. The USB drive should have minimum free space of 4 GB.

 2. Hard drive issue

  • Make sure that you have enough disc space on your hard drive. Windows 8 32-bit version  requires16 GB of free space, and Windows 8 64-bit requires 20 GB.

 3. Hardware drives incompatible issue

  • Run your Windows update to make sure that your Windows is up to date.
  • Make sure you have the latest drivers by checking your hardware manufacturer’s website.
  • Do a hardware clean boot. Disconnect all external hardware, like USB drives, printers, etc.. then reboot the PC . This will minimize the chance of an incompatible device is causing the installation error.

4. User Profiles issues

  • Make sure you only have one user account logged in. If you have more than one user logged in, log off and reboot your system.
  • Using an administrator account, delete user profiles that are not being used.

5. STOP error

  • Stop errors usually display as bluescreen errors. However in some cases these errors are concealed by the generic installation error.
  • Try to download and run the System Update Readiness Tool. This tool can fix some of these errors.

6. System requirement

  • Make sure your system meets the minimum system requirements for installing Windows 8

Windows 8 system requirements

  • Minimum 1 GHz processor that supports PAE, NX, and SSE2
  • Minimum 1 GB  for 32-bit and 2 GB  for 64-bit RAM
  • Minimum hard desk space of 16 GB  for 32-bit or 20 GB for 64-bit
  • MS DirectX 9 graphics device and WDDM driver

7. Third Party Software

  • Disable and uninstall all third party installed software.

3 thoughts on “How to Fix “Windows 8 installation has failed” error

  1. I think, let us accept that Microsoft have no cure or solution on how to fix this problem of win 8 update failure.
    I browed the internet and really tried all the suggestions and proposed remedies of knowlegable people, but without success.
    If any one have a foolproof recipy to resolve this matter, kindly let me know at johandewet@vodamail.co.za because I do not think I will be able to find this site again checking all the sites for solutions I visited the previous time
    Trusting some one will respond (Like putting a letter in a bottle from an abondonded ship)
    regards Johan de Wet

  2. The power to peddle crap. When a company has a stranglehold (I won’t use the term monopoly) on the OS market, they can certainly pump out crap without fear of losing any significant market share. Thanks Microsoft.

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