Fixing Error Code 0x80070057

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In this tutorial, I intend to discuss how you can fix error code 0x80070057 on your system. However, before I divulge into it, I want to discuss a number of things that should put you in the right frame of mind, when it comes to tackling this error.

So What Is It?

The error 0x80070057 most commonly occurs on Windows 7 based systems, though not limited exclusively to it.

Most individuals report receiving the error code 0x80070057 while attempting to install Windows 7 onto their computers for the first time; the exact error message varies, but some report receiving the following:

Error 0x80070057: The parameter is wrong.

Computer users may also receive this particular error message while attempting to move a document or file. So it’s a fairly expansive error that encompasses a number of causes and symptoms.

What Causes Error Code 0x80070057?

While attempting to install Windows 7 on your computer for the very first time, you could receive the following error message:

An Internal error has occurred. Incorrect parameters

If you see this specific error message, then you can be certain that you are dealing with error code 0x80070057. In this particular instance, this error occurs when attempting to make a full backup of your Windows 7 operating system.

  • The main culprit for the error is registry size limitations.

Registry size limitations are usually the result of an individual attempting to backup their operating system without the required hard disc space. The sure-fire way of rectifying this issue is to increase the size of your virtual memory space.

  • The error code 0x80070057 can also occur due to incompatibility issues between the motherboard and component drivers.

As a computer user, you would naturally be required to ensure that all installed drivers are compatible with your motherboard. If you are unable to do this manually, then there are automated solutions that you can adopt.

  • Another cause is said to be due to a failed or rather improper RAID installation.

RAID installations are notorious for creating this error. If you are experiencing this error, on a system with RAID, then you may want to consider turning it off, and observing whether or not it has solved the error.

  • A faulty or corrupt Windows registry is also known to cause this error.

Thus, it’s important that you have the necessary optimisation software on your computer; this will ensure your computer always has a clean bill of health.

How to Fix It?

The error code 0x80070057 is definitely fixable. Therefore, there is little cause for alarm, as there are many techniques you can deploy to effectively combat it. With that said, below are some of the more common remedies, though, based on the circumstances you received the error message in, only some of the methods below will be applicable to you.

Increase Virtual Memory

If you receive the error message every time you attempt to back up your operating system or some other related activity, then this is likely the fix for you. In a lot of cases, increasing the virtual memory size is enough to eliminate the error, especially in Windows 7 based system. With that said, you don’t have to be an advanced user to do this, as it’s fairly simple. Just follow the instructions below:

1. First, boot into your computer with administrative rights.

2. From here, click on Start, then right click on My Computer [Windows Vista/7: Computer] and select Properties.

Select Computer Properties Page

3. On Windows Vista/7, click on Advanced System Settings.

Access Advanced System Settings

4. This should bring up System Properties, from here click on the Advanced Tab, and then click on Settings under Performance.

Access Performance Settings

5. This will bring up a Performance Options applet, from here, click on the Advanced Tab, and then click on Change under Virtual Memory.

Change Virtual Memory Settings

6. Un-tick the box next to Automatically manage page file size for all drives, then on Custom size, lastly, set the Maximum Size (MB) to 1.5 X Physical RAM, and the Initial Size to 1 X Physical RAM, then click on Set and OK.

Set Size of Page File

Note: Once you’ve made changes to your virtual memory size, you will need to reboot your computer.

Run Registry Scan

If the first method failed to fix the error, then you may want to consider downloading and installing a registry cleaner tool. These tools will clean up memory space while increasing the virtual memory space available to your system.

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Manually Tweak Your Registry

As previously mentioned, there is a good chance your computers registry is corrupted; thus, using an automated registry cleaner is the recommended option. However, in the event that such option does not appeal to you, you can always make the necessary changes to your registry manually.

Note: Manually editing your registry is very dangerous and if done incorrectly can render your system inoperable.

1. First, boot into your computer with administrative rights.

2. Once in, click on Start -> Run, type regedit and click on OK [Windows Vista/7: Start -> Type regedit (into the Search programs and files box) and Press Enter].

Type regedit

3. From the Registry Editor, navigate to the following path:


Access HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\System

4. Then click on Edit -> New -> DWORD.


5. Then name it CopyFileBufferedSynchronousIo and Press Enter.

Name DWORD CopyFileBufferedSynchronousIo

6. Once you’ve done that, right click on CopyFileBufferedSynchronousIo and select Modify.

CopyFileBufferedSynchronousIo Modify

7. Make sure Base is set to Hexadecimal, then in the Value data box, type 1 then click on OK.

Set Value Data

8. Then close the Registry Editor.

Chance Decimal Symbol Settings

Another quick method that has been known to fix this error entails changing the decimal symbol settings for Windows. This is a fairly simple process, which can be done by doing the following:

1. First, ensure you’ve booted into your computer with administrative rights.

2. Then click on Start -> Control Panel.

Start Control Panel

3. From Control Panel, double click on Regional and Language Options [Windows Vista/7: click on Change keyboards or other input methods under Clock, Language and Region].

Click on Change keyboards or other input methods

4. From the Regional Options Tab, click on Customize [Windows Vista/7: Click on Formats Tab, then click on Additional Settings].

Click on Additional Settings

5. In the Decimal symbol box, type . and click on OK.

Type Decimal symbol and click OK

6. Lastly restart your computer.

Shrink Partitions

Another common situation that individuals encounter this error in is when they attempt to install a new copy of Windows 7 on their computers. The reason why they may encounter this error is due to the partition they attempt to install the OS on, being too small. Thus, as a viable solution, users should consider shrinking all partitions on their drive so that they can use the maximum capacity of their hard drive.

To do this, simply do the following:

1. First, ensure you’ve booted into your computer with administrative rights.

2. Then click on Start, and right click on My Computer [Windows Vista/7: Computer] and select Manage.

My Computer -> Manage

3. A Computer Management applet will appear, from here, click on Disk Management, lastly right click on any small partitions and select Shrink Volume.

Partition -> Shrink Volume

Note: Shrinking your partitions, will increase the maximum capacity of your primary hard drive letter.

Purchase New Hard Drive

If after attempting to shrink all your hard drive partitions, you are still unable to install Windows 7. Then you should consider buying a new hard drive, as the problem could be physical. If you can, try running a diagnostic scan on your hard drive. In order to do that, you may need to install the hard drive inside of a working computer and run the necessary tests.

Note: All hard drive brands have their own diagnostic tools that you can download and run.

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