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Windows cannot open the required file D:\Sources\Install.wim error: how to fix it?

Here you will find out:

  • what causes the "Windows cannot open the required file D:\Sources\Install.wim" error
  • how to fix this error
  • how DiskInternals Partition Recovery can help you

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What causes the "Windows cannot open the required file D:\Sources\Install.wim" error?

When installing a new program on your Windows computer, there are certain places that Windows looks at to get certain files required for the installation to run successfully. However, when Windows is unable to access those essential files, you could get the message “Windows cannot open the required file D:\Sources\Install.wim”, and the installation will fail. Fortunately, there are a few ways to get around this error and complete the action you were performing.

How to fix this error


Method 1: Recreate bootable installation media

When Windows is unable to boot properly, the best solution most of the time is to reinstall the OS using installation media. However, if you use the wrong installation media, you could get this error message. Corrupted installation media can also present this error message. Thus, the first thing to do is to recreate your installation media.

Download the Media Creation Tool and get the latest Windows 10 ISO. Run it and select "Create Installation Media for Another PC.” Preferably, use a USB device to create the installation media.

Method 2: Check the file and the disk

As the error message suggests, the computer is detecting an error with a file/disk. Hence, you need to check if the file is corrupt or look closely at the disk to see if there are visible scratches (in the latter case, use a disk cleaning solution to wipe the disk’s face or use alcohol).

In any case, you should attempt to copy the installation files from the disk to the hard drive, then reinstall Windows from the hard drive.

Method 3: Update the drivers

When your drivers are outdated, they could cause different errors to occur (due to incompatibility). So update your disk drivers and check if the error got fixed. You can check your PC’s manufacturer’s website for the latest updates to the drivers for your system. Using a USB device, get the updated drivers from another PC and push them to the problematic computer.

If the error is due to a defective disk drive, it’s best to replace the drive with a new, working one.

How to restore deleted data or partitions

Truth be told, trying out these troubleshooting steps can lead to data loss. There are also other actions that could lead to data loss. Regardless of what causes the data loss, DiskInternals Partition Recovery can help you to get back all accidentally deleted or formatted files from your hard drive.

DiskInternals Partition Recovery is a super-intuitive data recovery solution packed with a bunch of features. It also allows users to create disk images to save every bit of data on their hard drive in a virtual image format. It supports three (3) unique data recovery modes for data loss scenarios. DiskInternals Partition Recovery is arguably the best solution for Windows computer users who want to get back their lost files from any storage device.

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