Windows 8.1 Preview install: error 0x800705AA – 0x2000C

Yesterday I was trying to upgrade a VM to Windows 8.1. The VM had Windows 8 on it.

The host software I used was Hyper-V from Windows 8.1 Preview

By itself the VM worked fine, and I was able to install the package that allowed me to download the Windows 8.1 Preview from the store and install it through there.

However upon completion of the download and the subsequent reboot I was greeted with the following error:

VM upgrade error when upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Preview on a VM in Hyper-V

Sorry we couldn’t complete the update to Windows 8.1 Preview. We’ve restored your previous version of Windows to this pc.
0x800705AA – 0x2000C

The full error is

Couldn’t update to Windows 8.1 Preview
Sorry we couldn’t complete the update to Windows 8.1 Preview. We’ve restored your previous version of Windows to this pc.
0x800705AA – 0x2000C

And the upgrade didn’t happen.

Googling on error 0x800705AA – 0x2000C didn’t help a lot. So I decided to investigate: I found out that I had set the Startup RAM of the machine too low. Because it had dynamic memory it wasn’t an issue WHILE running Windows 8, but it seems that during the installation of 8.1 something goes wrong and the VM thinks it doesn’t have enough RAM, hence the error.

So by setting the RAM of the machine to, say 2GB I managed to mitigate the problem. After that the upgrade went like a charm.

Set startup RAM to 2GB

Set startup RAM to 2GB

Have a good one,

-Kristof

  • Frederic Kinnaer

    Another helpful MS message making me bump my head against the wall! Thanks for saving the day, I wouldn’t have found it myself!
    Actually, I would like to point out that the W8.1 specs indicate a required min. mem. of 1GB(x86) and 2GB(x64).
    Thanks!!

  • EdigaAllan

    Hi , please someone to urgently help me , i recently purchased lenovo G580 ,64 bit OS 4GB ram windows 8 pre-installed and when i try to upgrade to windows 8.1 it doesn’t work! error bieng that some program is required in disc c for the operation , which program is this ? the same way iam unable to install ubuntu to run , aside with windows , for some file programm required for this …….??? please someone to assist …..email..edigaodhiambo@yahoo.com