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How to Fix Media Creation Tool Error Code 0x80042405-0xA001A on Your Windows 10 PC

The Microsoft Media Creation Tool comes in handy for downloading disc images and creating bootable USB flash drive, which is essential to install, update Windows 10, and fix some boot issues.  Nonetheless, as with any other Windows utility, Media Creation Tool is not immune to crashes and errors that may occur due to a number of reasons. One the most common errors you may confront while dealing  Media Creation Tool is the 0x80042405-0xA001

A error. Our article will provide an insight into the nature of the given error and offer several effective methods wherewith you’ll restore normal operation of your Windows 10 PC.

Possible Reasons behind the Problem

So, if you see the error: code 0x80042405-0xA001A, don’t panic. Still, prior to troubleshooting the issue, you may want to learn more about the factors that may provoke the error in question.

The causes of the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool error code 0x80042405-0xA001A vary from a computer to computer. Still, some of the most common ones include:

  1. User’s failure to run the Microsoft Media Creation Tool from a proper USB drive.
  2. Your USB is full and there is not enough space to ensure proper operation of your Media Creation Tool.
  3. 3. The system’s inability to read your USB drive.
  4. The antivirus program that currently runs on your Windows 10 PC blocks Media Creation Tool.  

So, we recommend that you disable all anti-malware tools on your PC and check if you’re using a USB drive whose storage capacity is no less than 8 GB.

Below you can find most popular practical solution to your problem.

Method #1 Get Media Creation Tool Directly to a USB drive

The first solution we suggest trying is to download the Microsoft Media Creation Tool directly to the USB drive you’re aiming to use as a bootable device.

We presume that you downloaded Media Creation Tool to your disc C and then attempted to run the program from there to create a bootable device. Still, there is always a chance that something will go wrong during performing such a commonplace procedure. So, if you want to fix the 0x80042405-0xA001A error, try downloading the program giving you the error message directly to the USB. After that, run it from there as an administrator.

Method #2 Reformatting a USB Drive

To reformat your current USB drive, which may be the cause of the error in question, open “This PC.” From there, select your USB drive and click on the “Format” option. Select FAT32 as drive type. Also, make sure to untick “Quick Format.” After that, try to run the problematic program again. Check if you’ve managed to address the issue.

Method #3 Formatting a USB Drive to NTFS

If the previous fix proved to be ineffective, it’s high time you tried another one. Try formatting the USB drive to NTFS. Note that you’ll need to download a partition management program such as MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition on your PC. Once you install the program, you may proceed to converting the partition on your USB drive to NTFS. After formatting your partition, hit OK. Check if the 0x80042405-0xA001A error still persists.

Method #4 Disable USB Selective Suspend

Another fix worth trying is disabling “USB Selective Suspend” in “Power Options”. If the solution proves to be ineffective, don’t forget to revert the setting.

Hope that one of the above fixes helped you solve the annoying error. Enjoy the versatility of the Microsoft Media Creation Tool!