Fix Windows Media Creation Tool Not Working

How to Fix Windows Media Creation Tool Not Working

You can install and update your Windows 10 very quickly with the help of a supporting tool named Windows Media Creation Tool. A perfect clean installation of the system can be achieved. Additionally, you can upgrade your PC or build a USB flash drive for the same. However, sometimes users are annoyed with the error message, There was a problem running this tool. When you face this error, you will be unable to load the program and might get stuck in the process of updating. Read below to learn how to fix Windows Media Creation Tool not working issue on your Windows 10 PC.

How to Fix Windows Media Creation Tool Not Working

How to Fix Windows Media Creation Tool Not Working Issue

Once the issue is diagnosed, read our guide on How to Create Windows 10 Installation Media with Media Creation Tool.This tool is commonly associated with error codes like 0x80200013 – 0x90019 or 0x8007005-0x9002, or 0x80070015. There are several causes that trigger this issue, such as:

  • Incorrect Language settings
  • Corrupt operating system files
  • Antivirus conflicts
  • Disabled services
  • Presence of bugs/malware
  • Incorrect registry values

Method 1: Use Another Computer

If you have more than one system, then you can try to run Windows Media Creation Tool in another System and check if it works or not. Sometimes due to different operating system, you may face this issue.

  • You should create a bootable ISO file/USB on a different computer.
  • You are advised to maintain at least 6GB RAM storage space in your alternative device.

Also Read: How to Create Bootable Windows 11 USB Drive

Method 2: Disable VPN Client

If you are using a VPN client, try disabling it and then try updating your PC.

1. Hit the Windows key, type VPN Settings in the Windows Search Bar, and click on Open.

type vpn settings and click on Open in Windows 10 search bar. How to Fix Windows Media Creation Tool Not Working

2. In the Settings window, select the Connected VPN (e.g. vpn2). 

select the VPN in vpn settings

3. Click on the Disconnect button.

click on Disconnect button to disconnect vpn

4. Now, switch Off the toggle for the following VPN options under Advanced Options:

  • Allow VPN over metered networks
  • Allow VPN while roaming

In the Settings window, disconnect the active VPN service and toggle off the VPN options under Advanced Options

Method 3: Run Windows Media Creation Tool as Administrator

You need administrative privileges to access a few files and services in this tool. If you do not have the required administrative rights, you might face problems. Hence, run it as an administrator to fix Windows Media Creation Tool not working issue.

1. Right-click on the Windows Media Creation Tool icon.

2. Now, select Properties, as shown.

right click on windows media creation tool and select properties

3. In the Properties window, switch to the Compatibility tab.

4. Now, check the box marked Run this program as an administrator.

check run this program as administrator option in compatibility tab of Windows media creation tool properties

5. Finally, click on Apply, then OK to save the changes.

Also Read: How to Disable BitLocker in Windows 10

Method 4: Delete Temporary Files

When your PC has corrupt or unnecessary files, you will encounter this issue. You can sort this error by clearing the temporary files on your computer, as follows:

1. Press the Windows key, type %temp%, and hit the Enter key to open AppData Local Temp folder.

type temp and click on Open in Windows 10 search menu. How to Fix Windows Media Creation Tool Not Working

2. Select all the files & folders by pressing Ctrl + A keys together.

3. Right-click and select Delete to remove all the temporary files from the PC.

Here, select the Delete option

4. Next, go to Desktop.

5. Here, right-click on the Recycle Bin icon and select Empty Recycle Bin option.

empty recycle bin. How to Fix Windows Media Creation Tool Not Working

Method 5: Change Language Settings

If the location of your computer and the language of your Windows 10 setup file do not correlate, you will face this issue. In this case, set the language of the PC to English & fix Windows Media Creation Tool not working issue by following the below-mentioned instructions:

1. Press the Windows key, type control Panel. Then, click on Open, as shown.

Type Control Panel in the Windows search bar. How to Fix Windows Media Creation Tool Not Working

2. Set the View by option to Category and click on Clock and Region.

Now, set the View by option to Category and click on Clock and Region

3. Click on Region on the next screen.

Here, click on Region as shown here. How to Fix Windows Media Creation Tool Not Working

4. In the Region window, switch to the Administrative tab, click on the Change system locale… button.

Here, in the Region window, switch to the Administrative tab, click on Change system locale…

5. Here, set the Current system locale: to English (United States) and click OK.

Note: This setting affects all user accounts on the computer.

Set the Current system locale to English and hit enter

6. Back in the Administrative tab, click on Copy settings… button shown highlighted.

Now, get back to the Region window and in the Administrative tab, click on Copy settings…

7. Here, ensure the following fields are checked under Copy your current settings to: section.

  • Welcome screen and system accounts
  • New user accounts

Now, ensure the following fields are checked, Welcome screen and system accounts, New user accounts. How to Fix Windows Media Creation Tool Not Working

8. Finally, click on OK to save the changes and restart your PC.

Also Read: Fix Fatal Error No Language File Found

Method 6: Enable All Necessary Services

To ensure the proper functioning of the Windows Media Creation Tool, a few services like BITS or Windows update, have to be enabled. In order to fix Windows Media Creation Tool not working issue, you need to make sure that the said services are running. If not, enable them as explained below:

1. Hit Windows + R keys together to open Run dialog box.

2. Type services.msc and click OK to launch Services window.

Type services.msc as follows and click OK. How to Fix Windows Media Creation Tool Not Working

3. Scroll down and locate Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS).

4. Right-click on it and select Start option, as depicted below. Wait for the process to be completed.

Here, select the Start option and wait for the process to be completed

5. Repeat Step 4 for given services to enable them as well:

  • Server
  • IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
  • Workstation
  • Windows Update or Automatic Updates

6. Finally, restart the Windows Media Creation tool and check if the issue is resolved.

Method 7: Add OS Upgrade Registry Key

Making changes in the Registry Editor can also help resolve Windows Media Creation Tool not working error code.

1. Launch Run dialog box. Type regedit and click OK, as shown. This will open Windows Registry Editor.

 type regedit in run dialog box. How to Fix Windows Media Creation Tool Not Working

2. Navigate to the following path by copying and pasting it in the Address bar:

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate

3. Now, right-click on the empty space and click on New followed by DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Go to Computer, HKEY LOCAL MACHINE, then SOFTWARE, Microsoft, Windows, then CurrentVersion, then WindowsUpdate

4. Here, type the Value name as AllowOSUpgrade, as depicted below.

rename the created value to AllowOSUpgrade in Registry Editor

5. Right-click on AllowOSUpgrade key and select Modify… option, shown highlighted.

Right click on the registry created and select Modify option. How to Fix Windows Media Creation Tool Not Working

6. Here, set the Value data: to 1 and click on OK.

enter value data in dword value

7. Finally, restart your Windows 10 PC.

Also Read: How to Open Registry Editor in Windows 11

Method 8: Resolve Windows Defender Firewall Interference

Sometimes, potential programs are also blocked by the Windows Defender Firewall. Hence, you are advised to add an exception to the program or disable the firewall to solve this issue. Follow the steps given below:

Method 8A: Allow Windows Media Creation Tool through Firewall

1. Launch Control Panel through Windows Search bar, as shown.

Type Control Panel in the Windows search bar. How to Fix Windows Media Creation Tool Not Working

2. Here, set View by: > Large icons and click on Windows Defender Firewall to continue.

set View by to Large icons and click on Windows Defender Firewall to continue. How to Fix Windows Media Creation Tool Not Working

3. Next, click on Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall.

In the pop up window, click on Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall.

4A. Locate Windows Media Creation tool in the given list. Then, follow Step 8.

4B. Alternately, click Allow another app… button if the app is not present in the list.

Then click Change settings. How to Fix Windows Media Creation Tool Not Working

5. Here, click on the Browse… button, as shown.

click on Browse... in add an app window

6. Select Windows Media Creation Tool and click on Open.

select windows media creation tool in browse

7. Now, click on Add button.

click on Add in add an app window

8. Check the Private and Public checkboxes corresponding to it, as shown highlighted.

check the public and private checkboxes and click on OK

9. Finally, click OK to save the changes.

Method 8B: Disable Windows Defender Firewall (Not Recommended)

Disabling the firewall makes your system more vulnerable to malware or virus attacks. Hence, if you choose to do so, make sure to enable it soon after you are done fixing the issue.

1. Navigate to Control Panel > Windows Defender Firewall as shown in Method 7A.

2. Select Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off option from the left pane.

Now, select the Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off option at the left menu

3. Select the Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended) option for all network settings.

Now, select turn off Windows Defender Firewall

4. Reboot your PC for changes to take effect. Check whether Windows Media Creation tool not working error is rectified. If not, try the next fix.

Also Read: Fix Windows 10 Stuck on Getting Windows Ready

Method 9: Run Antivirus Scan

Few anti-malware programs can help you remove bugs from your device. Therefore, run an antivirus scan on your PC as follows:

1. Hit Windows + I keys simultaneously to open Windows Settings.

2. Here, click on Update & Security, as shown.

Here, the Windows Settings screen will pop up. Now click on Update and Security.

3. Click on Windows Security in the left pane.

4. Next, select the Virus & threat protection option under Protection areas.

select the Virus and threat protection option under Protection areas. How to Fix Windows Media Creation Tool Not Working

5. Click on Scan options, as shown.

Now select Scan options.

6. Choose a scan option as per your preference and click on Scan Now.

Choose a scan option as per your preference and click on Scan Now

7A. All the threats will be enlisted here after the scan. Click on Start actions under Current threats to remove malware from the system.

Click on Start Actions under Current threats.

7B. If you do not have any threats in your system, the system will show the No current threats message shown highlighted below.

If you do not have any threats in your system, the system will show the No actions needed alert as highlighted below. 

Method 10: Reinstall Windows Media Creation Tool

If you have tried all the methods and did not attain a fix, then uninstall the tool and reinstall it. Your tool will be restarted fresh and you will not face the said issue.

1. Hit the Windows key and type apps and features, then click on Open.

type apps and features and click on Open in Windows 10 search bar

2. Type and search for Windows Media Creation Tool in Search this list field.

Type the name of the program in Search this list.

3. Click on Uninstall.

4. Again, click Uninstall button in the pop-up prompt to confirm. 

Again click on Uninstall button to confirm chrome uninstallation

Note: You can confirm the deletion by searching for it again. You will receive the following screen.

If the programs have been deleted from the device, you can confirm by searching it again. You will receive the following screen.

5. Now, open Download Windows 10 Media Creation Tool webpage. Click on Download tool now button, as shown.

click on Download Now to download Windows Media creation tool in the download page

6. Go to Downloads folder and run the downloaded .exe file.

7. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

Pro Tip: Install Windows 10 November 2021 Update

To avoid incompatibility issues, you can update your Windows 10 PC to the latest November 2021 upate via Download Windows 10 page, as shown.

Windows 10 November 2021 Update

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We hope this guide was useful and you were able to fix Windows Media Creation tool not working issue on your Windows 10 PC. Let us know which method helped you the most. Also, if you have any suggestions regarding this article, please drop them in the comments section.

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Pete is a Senior staff writer at TechCult. Pete loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has a decade of experience writing how-tos, features, and technology guides on the internet.

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