6 Ways to Fix Windows 11, 10 Media Creation Tool Not Working

Upgrading or installing the new Windows version is easy, as the media creation tool allows for an effortless upgrade. However, some users have reported encountering an error message while trying to install Windows 11 or Windows 10 using the media creation tool, preventing them from completing the process.

In case you are one of those users, don’t worry. We have compiled a list of solutions that might help you install Windows 11 without issues.

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Fix Windows Media Creation Tool

1. Run Media Creation Tool as Administrator

1. Download the Media Creation Tool by clicking on this link and place it on to your desktop for easy access.

2. Right-click on the tool and select “Run as administrator” from the context menu.

3. Click “Yes” on the User Account Control prompt to continue.

4. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Windows on your system.

This should resolve your issue.

2. Re-Download the Media Creation Tool

Sometimes, due to an unstable internet connection, the media creation tool file might not have downloaded correctly. This can cause the tool to malfunction, resulting in errors while installing Windows 11. Follow the steps given below to fix this issue.

1. Make sure you have a stable internet connection by checking your Wi-Fi router, restarting it, or checking the Ethernet cable connection.

2. Delete the Media Creation Tool file from your system.

3. Download the new Media Creation Tool by clicking on this link.

4. Once downloaded, install Windows on your system by following the on-screen instructions.

This should resolve your issue.

3. Clear Storage Space in C: Drive

Since operating systems are installed in the C: drive of your system, insufficient space in that drive can prevent you from installing Windows 11. Therefore, it is advisable to clear up space by deleting unwanted files and moving large files to another drive.

Make sure to free up at least 20 GB of space to install Windows 11. After clearing the space, try installing Windows 11 using the Media Creation Tool.

This should resolve your issue.

4. Make Changes in Registry File using Registry Editor

Note: Before proceeding with this solution, create a backup of the registry file on your system. Even minor changes can damage your entire system, and having a backup will allow you to revert to the original state.

1. Press the Windows + R keys together to open the Run dialog box.

2. Type “regedit” in the run box and press Enter to open Registry Editor.

023 regedit in the run dialog box

3. Click “Yes” on the User Account Control prompt to continue.

4. Copy and paste the following path in the clear and empty address bar of Registry Editor.


5. Press “Enter” on your keyboard to reach the OSUpgrade registry key.

6. Right-click on the OSUpgrade registry key and go to New > DWORD (32-bit) Value from the context menu.

7. Rename it to “AllowOSUpgrade” and open it by double-clicking on it.

8. Enter “1” in the Value data field and click “OK” to make changes.

Close the registry editor and restart your PC. Now, check if the problem is resolved, and you can install Windows.

5. Enable required services

Numerous applications on Windows require specific services to operate effectively. In order for Media Creation to function seamlessly, it is necessary to enable the following Windows Services:

  • Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)
  • Server Service
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service
  • Workstation Service
  • IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules Service
  • Windows Update or Automatic Updates Service

To enable Services on Windows, open the search and open Services. Right-click on the concerned service and select Enable.

You can read our Windows Services Guide to get a detailed tutorial.

6. Use Rufus to create a bootable Media

If you want to install Windows 11 on your system, you can create a bootable disc using RUFUS. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

1. Visit the Microsoft Windows 11 downloads page by clicking on this link.

2. Scroll down the downloads page and click on the “Select download” dropdown button located under “Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO).”

3. Choose “Windows 11 (multi-edition ISO)” from the list, select your preferred product language from the list (e.g. English), and click on the “Confirm” button.

4. Once you’ve selected the language, click on the “64-bit Download” button to begin downloading the Windows 11 ISO file. The download process may take a while, as the ISO file is around 5.2 GB in size.

5. While waiting for the download to finish, download the Rufus tool by clicking here.

6. After downloading both files, open the Rufus executable file directly and click “Yes” on the UAC prompt to launch the application.

Note: Make sure that you insert a pen drive or DVD into the system port for creating the bootable device.

7. Click on the “SELECT” button to browse through your system and select the Windows 11 ISO disk image file that you downloaded earlier.

8. Next, choose “Standard Windows 11 Installation (TPM 2.0 + Secure Boot)” from the “Image option” dropdown list.

9. Ensure that “GPT” is selected as the partition scheme, and then click on the “START” button at the bottom of the Rufus tool, as shown in the image below.

10. Once the process is complete, your bootable device is ready for installation. You can now use this bootable device to install Windows 11 on your system.

We hope this guide helps you create a bootable disc for Windows 11. If you encounter any issues, feel free to contact us for assistance.

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