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Fix: We Couldn’t Install Windows 10 (0x8007002C – 0x400D) Error


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For most users, the free upgrade offer to Windows 10 has been fairly easy. Most users have successfully upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8.1 without any issues, but a small percentage of PC users are having issues.

We couldn't install Windows 10

The other day, I tried updating my Lenovo Thinkpad T410s laptop running Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. The upgrade went smoothly till the last step and then started restoring the previous version of Windows, which was Windows 8.1.

Error code: 0x8007002C – 0x400D

After restoring Windows 10 and booting in to Windows 10, the following dialog appeared with “We couldn’t install Windows 10 (0x8007002C – 0x400D). The installation failed in the Second_Boot phase with an error during Migrate-Data operation” error.

If you’re are also getting “We couldn’t install Windows 10 (0x8007002C – 0x400D). The installation failed in the Second_Boot phase with an error during Migrate-Data operation” error, here is the workaround to successfully upgrade to Windows 10 without the error.

Fix 1

After a couple of attempts, I observed that the above mentioned error appears when you have protected folders on your system drive. That is, in simple English, if you have a folder locker installed and password protected some folders using a file or folder locker, you need to unlock all folders and uninstall the software complete the upgrade without the error.

In short, unprotect all locked folders, uninstall folder or file locker software and then start the upgrade.

Fix 2

The error could also be because you don’t have sufficient free space to complete the upgrade. The error “The installation failed in the Second_Boot phase with an error during Migrate-Data operation” indicates that the upgrade failed while migrating the data and could be because of the low disk space on your system drive.

To get rid of the error and complete the upgrade, you need to free up some more disk space or expand the system drive. You can quickly free up disk space by uninstalling some programs, deleting files/folders from Recycle Bin, turning off Hibernation, and disabling Restore Point feature.

Fix 3

While upgrading to Windows 10 using the official Media Creation Tool, select Keep only apps to complete the upgrade. Of course, you should back up your data to a safe place before using this workaround as upgrading with Keep only apps g option will delete your documents, pictures and other files.

Do let us know if you’re unable to solve the error with these workarounds. We will assist you resolving the error.

Fix 4

If you’re getting the error while performing upgrade using Windows Creation Tool, try out the Windows Update method (using Get Windows 10 app) method to upgrade.



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