The installation of Windows 10 depends on several factors. Hardware configuration and software configuration is just a broad classification of this dependency. Any mismatch in this configuration can cause many errors. One such error is error code 0x80300002 for We couldn’t install Windows in the location you choose. The whole error states-
We couldn’t install Windows in the location you choose. Please check your media drive. Here’s more info about what happened: 0x80300002.
This error occurs due to corruption in the partition table of the drive on which the installation is in progress. It is also possible that there is corruption on the Media Device. In this article, we will be checking out how to fix it.
We couldn’t install Windows in the location you choose, Error 0x80300002
Some of the working methods to fix the error code 0x80300002 for Windows Installation are:
- Verify the compatibility between the BIOS and the installation media.
- Recreate all the partitions.
- Recreate the bootable USB drive.
WARNING: The steps in these processes involve the deletion of partitions. So be aware that if you have data, it would be all lost. If you can, then take a backup by connecting the hard drive to a different computer.
1] Verify the compatibility between the BIOS and the installation media
The complicated point for Windows installation is that, if your Installation media is based on GPT, you need to have a BIOS, based on UEFI. And in case you have your bootable media with MBR Partitioning, you need to have your BIOS set to Legacy.
You need to verify these parameters and check if the compatibility is satisfied. If not, you can refer our guides about toggling between UEFI and Legacy or recreate the bootable USB drive with the appropriate partitioning table from method 3.
2] Recreate all the partitions
Restart the Windows installation process, and wait till you reach the screen which says Where do you want to install Windows?
In the same screen, you have the options to delete, format, extend, create new partitions, etc. Delete all the partitions. Then use the New button to create new partitions.
Make sure you have at least one primary partition where Windows 10 can install. Continue installing Windows on the new partition.
When you create a new partition, it recreates the partition table configuration. So there is no chance of any error.
3] Recreate the bootable USB drive
There is also a possibility of corruption of data in your installation media. Create a new USB Bootable device again and start the installation process. Check if that fixes your issues.
If the second method did not work correctly, repeat the given steps after getting a new ISO image file for Windows 11/10.
Hope these fixes help you in getting rid of the error 0x880300002 for Windows Installation.