Last updated on April 9th, 2019
This tutorial contains instructions to fix the following Windows 10 installation error: "Windows cannot install required files. Network problems may be preventing Windows from accessing the file. Error code: 0x80070006"
The Windows setup problem "Windows cannot install required files. Network problems may be preventing Windows from accessing the file" appears at the first phase of Windows 10 installation (from a USB drive) and the full error message was: "The installation was canceled. Any changes made to your computer won't be saved" followed by the message "Windows cannot install required files. Network problems may be preventing Windows from accessing the file. Make sure the computer is connected to the network and restart the installation. Error code: 0x80070006."
How To FIX Windows 10 Setup Error 0x80070006: Network problems may be preventing Windows from accessing the file. Error: 0x80070006
Method 1. Install Windows from DVD.
I write this solution first, because in most cases, the Windows installation errors (problems) don't appear when the installation is performed from a DVD installation media. So, proceed and by using the Media Creation Tool, download and burn Windows 10 to a DVD media and then install Windows from that DVD media. *
* Note: If you don't have a DVD device on your system, then create a new USB bootable media by using another USB flash drive (to make sure that the drive is not damaged).
Method 2. Use a different USB Port.
The second solution to bypass the "Windows cannot install required files. Network problems may be preventing Windows from accessing the file" during Windows 10 Setup, is to plug the USB Media on another USB port and better on a USB v2.0 port (if your PC has a USB v.2.0 port).
Method 3. Create a Windows 10 USB Media for Legacy (MBR) System.
Step 1. Download Windows 10 in ISO format.
1. Download and run the Media Creation Tool.
2. Accept the license agreement when prompted.
3. Choose Create installation media (USB, DVD or ISO) for another PC.
4. At the next screen, uncheck the "Use the recommended options for this PC" option and select the desired Windows 10 version & language to download. When done, click Next.
5. Click ISO file and click Next.
6. Save the 'Windows.iso' file to your computer.
7. Now wait until the download is completed.
Step 2. Download Rufus Utility.
1. Go to the official Rufus download page and download the latest version of RUFUS USB Bootable Creator Utility.
Step 3. Create a Windows 10 installation media using RUFUS.
1. Remove all USB storage drives from your computer and plug an EMPTY* USB stick (minimum 4GB) to an empty USB port.
* Attention: DO NOT leave your files on the USB stick, because all files will be erased during this operation.
2. Now double-click to run “rufus” application.
3. At Rufus application, apply the following settings:
1. Choose the empty USB stick that you plugged in your computer.
2. Click Select and choose the "Windows.iso" image you have downloaded at step-1.
3. At Partition scheme, choose: MBR
4. At Target system, choose: BIOS (or UEFI-CSM)
5. At Volume label, you can enter any volume name for the USB disk (e.g. "Win10")
6. At File system, choose: NTFS.
7. At Cluster size, leave the default size: 4096 bytes.
8. Finally click Start.
4. Then click OK at the warning message.
5. Wait until RUFUS creates the USB installation media.
6. When done, use the created USB drive, to install Windows. *
* Note: If you cannot boot from the USB drive, then:
1. Enter BIOS (CMOS) Setup settings.
2. Set the Boot configuration Mode to Legacy.
3. Disable the Secure Boot.
4. Set as First boot device the USB flash drive.
5. Save and exit from BIOS Setup.
That’s it! Let me know if this guide has helped you by leaving your comment about which method is worked for you. Please like and share this guide to help others.