Windows Cannot Copy Files Required for Installation

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Hello everyone at TechyV!

Windows Vista won't install on my laptop…It has a DVD ROM (DVD Multi Recorder, CD Rewritable) which I used to read and run the installation CD. Halfway through the process it stalled and popped this error up. I'm told the problem might be my ROM. Does this affect the installation or not?

Thanks for clarification and I would appreciate solutions to this.

Thank you kindly.


Install Windows

Windows cannot copy files required for installation. The files may be corrupt or

missing. Make sure all files required for installation are available , and restart the

installation. Error code:  0x80070241


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Answered By 0 points N/A #96668

Windows Cannot Copy Files Required for Installation


Hi Colden

       Before Installing your Operating system in your Laptop make sure to check for the following:

  1. The Requirements for installing it depends on the kinds of Vista you want to install.  The basic or the higher edition.
Vista Basic Vista Advance
  • Processor

1Ghz-bit (x86) or 64-bit(x64) 


1Ghz-bit(x86) or 64-bit(x64)

  • Ram


  • 1GB
  • Hard Drive

20GB and free space 15 GB

  • 40GB and free space 15GB
  • Graphics card

DirectX9Graphics and 32 MB of memory

  • DirectX9graphics,  WDDM Driver,

128MB of graphics memory, pixel shade 2.0, and 32 bits/pixel

  • DVD -ROM Drive, audio output and net connections
  • DVD-ROM Drive, audio Output and net connections

Hope this may help you,


Answered By 0 points N/A #96670

Windows Cannot Copy Files Required for Installation


Hello Colden,

With Error code: 0x80070241 encounter during the installation of Windows Vista the probable cause of these are the Windows Vista CD installer might have problem that difficult to read in your DVD drive because of CD sometimes scratch due to mishandling.

We might think sometimes that not all Operating system installer are 100% perfect in distributing the products and same with the hardware that we used in reading the CD installer such as CD-ROM, DVD-ROM and DVD super multi/combo.

Isolate the problem using an external CD or DVD drive or use a program WinToFlash to transfer operating system software to flash rive.

Moreover, the hard disk must format in a standard way not in quick format option to determine more if hard disk has a bad sector and Genuine Windows Vista operating system has an intelligent manner in moving forward for installation because it will not proceed if a system does not meet the said requirements above in the first solution.



Answered By 590495 points N/A #314509

Windows Cannot Copy Files Required for Installation


The problem there is with the source. If you are installing Windows Vista on a newly formatted computer or hard drive, check your source. If you are installing from a Windows setup DVD, check both the optical drive and the disc itself. Eject the disc from the optical drive then check the surface of the disc.

If the surface has many scratches then that’s what’s causing the installation to fail. In this case, try cleaning the surface. Get a soft clean lint-free cloth or a microfiber towel and gently wipe the surface of the disc. After this, try installing again and see if it works. If this doesn’t work, try cleaning the lens of your optical drive.

Use a lens cleaner like this one from Amazon: Endust for Electronics. Follow the instructions to properly clean the lens of the optical drive. See if this works. If the problem continues, create an ISO image of your Windows setup DVD. You can use ImgBurn to grab your disc and create an ISO file.

Once you have the ISO file, download Rufus and use it to create a bootable USB flash drive. You can use the bootable USB flash drive to install Windows on your computer.

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