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How to Fix Windows 10 Upgrade Error 0xc0000017

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 by Jean to Partition Manager

Learn how to fix Windows 10 upgrade error 0xc0000017. There is not enough memory available to create a ramdisk device by yourself.

One common issue of Windows 10 upgrade/update, error code 0xc0000017 "There isn't enough memory available to create a ramdisk device". A fresh install is undesirable. Therefore, check the workaround in the following content, and fix Windows 10 upgrade error 0xc0000017 during installation by yourself.


"Trying to upgrade via Windows Update, and was asked to reboot the computer and then start the upgrade. Did as told, while during the rebooting process, whoops, error 0xc0000017 occurs, displaying a message "There isn't enough memory available to create a ramdisk device". In fact, the computer's hard drive has ENOUGH unused disk space available. How to fix the error and finish Windows 10 upgrade?"

Even with plenty RAM unused, you're still likely to get stuck in windows 10 upgrade due to insufficient hard drive memory. To put it more accurately, not enough CONTIGUOUS space. What does the error code 0xc0000017 imply then? The problem stems from areas of memory having been marked as bad by Windows built-in Boot Configuration Data (BCD), and this interferes with Windows 10 installer's ability to make use of RAM as a temporary store for data. Since this is not a practical memory issue, it can be easily resolved by doing as follows.


1. Boot your computer into Windows.
2. Right-click the Start button and select Command Prompt (Admin).
3. Type bcdedit /enum all and press Enter.
4. You'll see a list of all the memory locations that have been deemed 'bad', this list can be cleared.
5. Type bcdedit /deletevalue {badmemory} badmemorylist and press Enter (type this verbatim, {badmemory} is not a placeholder for anything).
6. Close the Command Prompt window and restart your computer.

Hard Drive Memory Management

Wish you good luck in solving the problem of 0xc0000017 error during installing Windows 10 and Windows 10 update. Next are further tips for how to make full use of your computer hard drive memory by organizing and managing it in a logical way.

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1. Resize/move partition

By shrinking a partition with plenty unused space and extending another one, it's possible to solve "low disk space" error, while by moving a partition, you're able to drag the unallocated space right behind one partition you plan to extend.

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2. Merge partitions

By merging two partitions into one is a good way to create a volume with very large space without data loss.

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3. Split partition

Split one partition into two or more partitions to support multiple functions. It's a good way to use your computer hard drive memory in different categories.

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