Windows 11 has finally rolled out, and Windows users are rushing to experience Microsoft's latest operating system for themselves. While many users have successfully upgraded to Windows 11, others have reported a 0x8007007f error while upgrading through the Windows 11 installation wizard.
Bugs are relatively familiar with a major Windows upgrade version, so don't worry too much about the Windows 11 upgrade bug. Read on as we explain what this error means and how to fix it and upgrade to Windows 11.
What is Windows 11 installation wizard error 0x8007007f?
Windows 10 users report that they encounter error 0x8007007f when trying to upgrade to Windows 11 using the Windows 11 installer wizard utility. And while Windows 11 has particularly high system requirements, this error has even occurred to users with compatible PCs.
Microsoft has not yet disclosed the exact cause of the problem. However, it is believed that the installation wizard error 0x8007007f occurs due to insufficient administrator privileges, outdated drivers, or possibly a corrupted system file.
There isn't an exact solution to this error yet, so you may need to experiment and see what works for you. Windows users who reported the Windows 11 installation wizard error were successful with the fixes described below.
How to fix Windows 11 installation wizard error 0x8007007f
There are a few ways to fix this problem, and each method focuses on a different aspect of Windows 10. So be prepared to roam your entire system to get a solution working!
Run the wizard as an administrator
A third-party background app could interfere with the Windows 11 installation wizard utility and result in an error. Hence, the most popular solution for error 0x8007007f is to run the Windows 11 installation wizard as an administrator.
Here's how you can run the Windows 11 installation wizard as an administrator:
Find the Windows 11 installation wizard program file, which is most likely located in the Downloads folder on your PC.
Right click the program icon and click Execute as administrator from the drop down menu.
A dialog box will appear asking for your permission. click Yes sir so that the Windows 11 installation wizard can be run with administrator rights.
Follow the on-screen steps to install Windows 11 on your device.
There is a high chance that this simple solution will fix Windows 11 installer wizard error 0x8007007f. However, if you are still getting the same error message, then you should try another possible solution.
Disable your antivirus
You can also try disabling your antivirus for a few minutes and then starting the Windows 11 installation wizard as an administrator.
Depending on your antivirus program, the steps to disable it temporarily will be different. A general method of temporarily disabling the antivirus is to find the antivirus icon on the system tray, right-click, and you should see an option to disable it. Turn off the antivirus for a short period of time (15 minutes or 30 minutes) and grant administrator access when prompted.
When you're done, try the steps listed above a second time and see if they work for you.
Update your graphics driver
Sometimes our PCs run out of date graphics drivers which can cause unexpected problems with your PC. One possible solution to the installation wizard error 0x8007007f is to update your graphics card drivers.
To update the graphics driver on Windows 10:
Start the begin Menu, search for Device manager and click the best match.
In the Device Manager window, expand the Display adapter perform.
Right click your graphics card driver and click Update driver. Windows 10 will then automatically search for the latest available graphics driver.
Alternatively, you can also choose Uninstall device and download the latest graphics driver from the manufacturer's website.
After the driver has been installed / updated, restart your PC and start the Windows 11 installation wizard again.
System file check scan
Corrupted system files can often cause problems with your PC. If the above solutions didn't fix the Windows 11 installation wizard error, you should try running a system file check scan from Command Prompt.
Start the begin Menu and search for command prompt, right-click the best match, click Execute as administrator, and click Yes sir when prompted.
In the Command Prompt window, enter the following command and press Enter:
SFC / scannow
The System File Checker utility will now scan your PC for damaged files and repair them automatically.
After the scan is complete, restart your PC.
If corrupted system files caused the Windows 11 installation wizard error, you should now be able to easily upgrade to Windows 11 using the installation wizard.
Upgrade with the Windows 11 disk image
If you are still having problems upgrading to Windows 11 using the installation wizard, there are two different methods you can use to upgrade.
The first method requires users to create installation media using the Windows Media Creation Tool and then use it to install Windows 11. This is similar to using the Windows Media Creation Tool to create a Windows 10 bootable drive.
The second method is for users who want to install Windows 11 on a virtual machine or create a bootable Windows 11 installation media. You can simply download the Windows 11 disk image (ISO) and then install Windows 11 without using a bootable drive, as follows:
Download the Windows 11 ISO from Microsoft.
Find the downloaded file, right click and select properties.
Under the Generally Tab, click Change to mount the ISO file without using a USB / DVD drive.
Choose Windows Explorer and click on Use.
You now want to right-click the ISO file again and then click Assemble to create a virtual bootable disc.
Double-click the ISO file to view the setup files, and then double-click setup.exe to start the Windows 11 installation setup.
We recommend that you back up your files to external storage before installing Windows 11.
Windows 11 is finally here
Microsoft finally released Windows 11, and while many users have updated successfully, some have reported problems. Hopefully the solutions above have fixed Windows 11 installation wizard error 0x8007007f.
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