The 0x80070057 error will occur when you either attempt to format the hard drive that Windows is installed on or you try to back up Windows on to an alternative hard drive, maybe an external one. The registry values for these commands are too big and this is what causes the 0x80070057 error in Windows 7. Although Windows 7 is a very stable platform, and much more stable than Windows Vista, there are inevitably going to be unforeseen errors that will occur, such as the 0x80070057 error.
What Causes the 0x80070057 Error?
You will receive the following error message:
“An internal error has occurred: The parameter is incorrect: (0x80070057)”
This error message arises because the registry entries that Windows 7 generates when it installs are very large. If you are attempting to back up your system or format the hard drive, you could well hit the limit to what the registry can store. If the registry cannot store more, then the process cannot continue and the 0x80070057 error is generated. The best way to deal with this is to make more virtual memory available or to clean out the registry, to make room for more values, using a certified registry cleaner.
How To Fix The 0x80070057 Error
Step 1 – Allot More Virtual Memory To The Registry
During installation of Windows 7, the software creates a number of registry keys in the folder HKLM\Software\Microsoft\dasetup. Windows 7 is a large operating system and so it contains a large amount of data. Obviously, this can hinder performance and cause the 0x80070057 error if the registry cannot accept more data in these values. What you will need to do is create more virtual memory. Virtual memory is essentially a memory manager on your PC, it distributes the various physical memory, RAM and hard drive, to the relevant parts of the system. To increase the virtual memory:
- Click Start > Control Panel > System and Security
- Click System
- Click “Advanced System Settings” and click on “Performance Settings…”
- Under virtual memory, click Change
- In the virtual memory dialog box, change the registry size
This will provide more virtual memory for the system and hence give it greater capacity to deal with larger registry values. This should fix the 0x80070057 error.
Step 2 – Clean Out The Registry
The ‘registry’ is one of the causes of the 0x80070057 error, and is continually making your PC run slowly & with errors as a result. The registry is a big database inside the Windows system, which stores vital settings, options and information for your computer. It’s where your system & all your software stored settings that your computer requires to run. The problem is that Windows often uses this database so much that it saves many parts of it in the wrong way, causing it to become damaged & corrupted. To ensure this is not a problem, it’s recommended you use a ‘registry cleaner’ program to scan through your PC and repair the various errors that could be causing a problem.