You may need the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to install Windows 10 in your system or to upgrade your Windows. Sometimes, while doing so, you may face Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Error 0x80042405 - 0xa001a, due to which you cannot access MCT. You need to identify the correct cause of this error along with proper troubleshooting methods to fix it.
There are multiple reasons due to which you may face this Windows issue in your system. Below given are some common scenarios where you might encounter the Windows 10 media creation tool error: 0x80042405 - 0xa001a.
- You may face this issue from inside the USB drive that you have to use while creating an installation media.
- Due to less space on your USB drive, you may encounter such problems.
- Some third-party programs such as antivirus can also cause media creation tool error: 0x80042405 - 0xa001a
First of all, you have to disable the antivirus, and then, you can use any of the following methods to To resolve this issue:
Format USB as NTFS: Formatting the target USB as NTFS can help you to run the media creation tool without any hurdle. The proper cause for this bug is unknown but formatting the Media creation tool as an NTFS file system helps many users to fix its issues. You can also use the inbuilt disk formatting for this task.
Use Rufus to create Installation Media: You can also use Rufus, which is a utility tool that helps in formatting and creating a bootable USB flash drive. It is also used as a proper alternative to Windows Media Creation Tool and covers other aspects like flashing BIOS or working on a system without any OS.
Close all other programs: You may experience this issue because of any program that interferes or eats the RAM or CPU time. It is recommended to close all other programs and stop user activities on your computer and then re-run the Media Creation Tool. This will prevent your USB drive from going into suspend mode while you are using MCT Tool.
You can also erase your USB drive partitions with the help of Disk Management to reformat the drive as NTFS. Downloading the Media Creation Tool directly on the USB can help you to fix many issues.