SOLVED! “Windows Setup Cannot Find A Location To Store Temporary Installation Files”

SOLVED! “Windows Setup Cannot Find A Location To Store Temporary Installation Files”

If you come across the error “Windows Setup cannot find a location to store temporary installation files”, storage space of your PC must be low. To fix the error, all you have to do is to free up some space. Additionally, you could run Windows Update troubleshooter, check Windows Update service, update in clean boot and so on.

What Must Be Done

Free Up Some Space

To free up space on your PC, you could manually delete files and folders, uninstall programs, etc. Also, it’s a good idea to take advantage of Disk Cleanup to remove non-essential data and make room for Windows updates/upgrades.

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type cleanmgr.exe and press Enter.
  • Step 2: Select the drive where Windows is/will be installed then choose OK.
  • Step 3: After the scan finishes, decide what to delete, check the corresponding checkboxes and hit OK. If you want to free up more space, open Disk Cleanup and hit Clean up system file. Now, you need to delete types of files that you don’t need.

Note: At times, you could resort to external storage to get Windows updates/upgrades the space they need. In most of the cases, you should use an external hard drive with at least 10GB of storage space.

  • Step 1: Turn on your PC, connect external storage to your PC and run Windows Update/Installation Setup.
  • Step 2: When you receive a message that reads “Windows needs more space”, select a prefered device under “Attach an external storage device”.
  • Step 3: Follow onscreen instructions.

Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  • Step 2: Select Update & Security then choose Troubleshoot.
  • Step 3: Click Additional troubleshooters, pick Windows Update and hit Run the troubleshooter,
  • Step 4: Allow the process to run all the way.
  • Step 5: Restart your computer.

Check Out Windows Update Service

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type Services and press Enter
  • Step 2: In Services, locate Windows Update, right-click it and pick Properties.
  • Step 3: If Service status says stopped, hit Start. You should take the opportunity to change Startup type to Automatic as well. After you finish, select Apply and choose OK. Last but not least, restart your computer.

Note: Windows Update still won’t run? Then there is a good chance that one of its dependencies is not running. Go to Services, double-click Windows Update and head to Dependencies tab. Next, note down all the services in your sight, back out to Services, locate services you have noted down and make sure that their Service status says Running. Remember to change their Startup type to Automatic as well.

Clean boot

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type msconfig and press Enter.
  • Step 2: In System Configuration, navigate to Services tab, choose Hide all Microsoft services and select Disable all.
  • Step 3: Navigate to the Startup tab, hit Open Task Manager and disable everything you see.
  • Step 4: Close Task Manager, return to System Configuration and hit OK.
  • Step 5: Restart your computer.

When the screen comes back on, update/upgrade Windows and see how things turn out.

What May Have Gone Wrong

Low Storage Space

All in all, you could only carry out Windows updates/upgrades if your PC is able to accommodate associated files. If the storage space of your PC is inadequate, it’s only natural for the error “Windows Setup cannot find a location to store temporary installation files” to emerge. On the bright side, it takes little time and effort to free up space on Windows PC.


It’s not uncommon for Windows to bug out of the blue and disrupt tasks in the process. Depending on the situation, Windows bugs could make Windows updates/upgrades ground to a halt.

Windows Update Not Running

In case you don’t know, a couple of services play a key role in the update/upgrade of Windows and Windows Update is a prime example. Needless to say, you would have a hard time updating/upgrading Windows if Windows Update is not running.

Interfering Third-Party Software

For your information, third-party software helps improve computer experience but interference is an ever-present risk. Unable to update/upgrade Windows even if you have enough space on your computer? In that case, you should add interfering third-party software to your list of suspects.



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