I'm trying to remotely install Windows Server 2008 R2 on a Server 2008 box using an iso image.

When I run the setup I get the error:

Install Windows

Windows Setup cannot find a location to store temporary installation files. To install Windows, make sure that a partition on your boot disk has at least 834 megabytes (MB) of free space.

Error code: 0x80070490


There is plenty of space on both C: and D: and I've tried mounting the ISO (using Virtual Clone Drive) from both drives. I've also tried extracting the files from the ISO and running setup but I always get the same problem.

I thought the ISO file might be corrupt but I computed the SHA1 hash to be the same as the one listed on the MSDN download site.

If I had physical access to the machine I'd burn the ISO to a disk but I'm stuck with KVM remote access.

Any ideas?

2 Answers 2


Make sure that you have the correct drivers loaded for the mass storage device that you are trying to install to.

  • Thanks. I checked and the drivers are up to date. And the current installation of Windows Server 2008 is working fine. Sep 17, 2010 at 17:20

Check if you have a partition in device disk manager before the C drive - I had a 200MB restore partition. Expanded it to 2000MB and upgrade went well.

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