[FIX] ‘Error Occurred Trying To Copy a File’ Filmora Installation

Filmora is a line of video creation and editing applications developed by Wondershare. It is free software that can be downloaded from the internet. Installation typically involves code (program) being copied/generated from the installation files to new files on the local computer for easier access by the operating system, creating necessary directories, registering environment variables, providing separate programs for un-installation, etc. While installing Wondarshare Filmora, sometimes the operating system isn’t able to map files to the IP addresses and the user faces an error “An error occurred while trying to copy a file: The source file is corrupted” in Windows 10. The user may have done a corrupted installation or used a corrupted installer itself.

Error Screen

What Causes ‘An Error Occured While Trying To Copy a File’ Filmora Installation Error?

This error usually occurs when the user is trying to install Filmora on windows 10. Due to this error, the installation process of the software gets stuck. In the wake of checking on the client’s input through network support, we concluded a list of reported reasons for this problem which are as follows:

  • Host File: The host file is used to map hostnames (in other words domains) to IP addresses. With the host file, you can change the IP address that you assign to a given domain name. If the host file is modified incorrectly or maliciously, it will result in the error under consideration.
  • Corrupted Installation: Sometimes installation failures are not prominent enough to notice. Users do not get any warning messages but some of the program files are corrupted which may lead to multiple errors. Similarly, if Filmora had installation failures then you are most likely to get this error.
  • Temporary Files: These temporary files can reduce the performance of the system. By deleting those unnecessary temporary files, you can increase disk space and the performance of your system. The Disk Cleanup utility will clean up unnecessary files on your system.
  • Internet Not Stable: Users must have a stable Internet connection as some installers include online updates during the installation. Thus, if the bandwidth of your internet connection is weak, you may face this problem.
  • Administration Rights: With admin rights, users have the full ability to download, install, and execute unapproved programs without managerial oversight; configure system settings, including rolling back security changes and editing the registry, which could lead to an unstable OS and slow-downs; and finally, view and edit any file on the computer.

All the causes mentioned above are the result of thorough online research done by our technical researchers. Let us move forward now.


Before jumping into the solutions, our advice is to go through these short but promising workarounds that helped many individuals online. If you are still facing the installation stuck issue then jump to the solutions to get rid of this problem. Discussed workarounds are as follows:

  1. Disable Third-party Software: The reason is that the antivirus software has difficultly determining whether the program you’re installing is a legitimate program or perhaps a virus taking root in your PC’s storage system. Disable your antivirus program only when installing new programs.
  2. Hard Drive Capacity: Before Installing software, make sure that your hard drive has enough space to accommodate the required installation files.
  3. Administrator Privileges: To install most programs users must be logged on to an administrative account of Windows 10. Certain programs will not run in a limited account because they make changes to the HDD. To check your admin rights, open Control Panel and go to User Accounts. Now you will see your current logged-on user account display on the right side. If your account has administrator rights, you can see the word Administrator under your account name.

Pre-requisites didn’t help? Not a problem! Your issue will be resolved from any of the solutions below:

Solution 1: Edit the Host File

A Hosts file is a file that almost all computers and operating systems can use to map a connection between an IP address and domain names. This file is an ASCII text file. It contains IP addresses separated by a space and then a domain name. As discussed in the causes, if the host file was previously modified in an inappropriate manner, you are most likely to face this problem. Undoing the inappropriate changes made to the host file, solved the problem for many users online. You may do so by going through the following steps:

  1. Click Start, search Notepad, and select Run as administrator. This will open the Windows Notepad application with administrator privileges.
    Running Notepad as Administrator
  2. Click File > Open. This will open a file explorer window that is used to locate the file that needs to be edited with the Windows Notepad application.
    Opening File Explorer Window
  3. Navigate to C drive > Windows > System32 > drivers etc folder as Host file is located in this directory on Windows 10. Once done, you will see empty space in this folder. In order to view files, select All Files from the drop-down menu on the left bottom of this window. Select hosts file and click Open. This will open the Host file in notepad.
    Opening Host File in Notepad
  4. Remove everything in the host file, copy-paste the text given below in it and save the file by pressing Ctrl + S keys together on your keyboard. localhost
    Writing Text in Host File
  5. Restart your PC. This will help Windows to process the changes made to the system hosts file.
  6. Now try installing Wondershare Filmora again from the setup.

Solution 2: Delete Host File

If the above solution didn’t work for you, then there is a strong possibility that the changes you made were not saved due to some arbitrary reason. In this case, the working solution is to delete the system hosts file. Once done, the user can create an empty file for Windows or the system may create a new one during boot. Deleting the host file helps to connect the remote users, it can change your development server as your need and it will target the actual DNS server, and it will unblock malicious websites. This has been reported to be a working solution for many users online. Follow the steps given below to delete the host file:

  1. Click Start, search This PC in the search bar, and open it.
    Opening This PC
  2. Copy-paste the following location address in the Address Bar and press Enter. This will take you to the folder that contains the system’s hosts file.
    Opening File Destination
  3. Right-click on the hosts file and select Delete. Click Yes on the confirmation dialog. This will delete the system’s hosts file.
    Deleting Host File
  4. Now restart the window by clicking on the Start > Power > Restart. This will help Windows to process the changes made to the system hosts file.
    Restarting PC
  5. Now try installing Wondershare Filmora again from the setup.

Solution 3: Clean Uninstall & Reinstall Filmora

The user may have done a corrupted installation or used a corrupted installer itself. This program must be added to the Registry before it can be installed properly on your computer. At this time, we would like to recommend removing this program from the Control Panel. This is to clear everything related to this program including its left-overs. This solution proved to be helpful for many users online. Please follow the steps given below:

  1. Click Start, search Control Panel, and open it. This will open Windows Control Panel that is a hub for all Windows settings i.e. Software, Hardware, Personal, Programs, Personalization, etc.
    Opening Control Panel
  2. Select Uninstall a Program under the Programs section. This will take you to the list of all installed programs on your PC.
    Opening Installed Programs List
  3. Locate Wondershare Filmora application, right-click on it, and select Uninstall. This will start uninstalling the Zoom application from your PC. The procedure may take some time so wait until it gets finished.
    Uninstalling Wondershare Filmora
  4. Press Windows + R keys on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box. Type %appdata% and click OK. This will take you to a hidden folder named AppData where user data is stored for different applications installed on your PC.
    Opening AppData Folder
  5. Right-click on the Wondershare folder and select Delete.
    Deleting Wondershare Filmora Folder
  6. Close all windows and again press Windows + R keys on your keyboard to start Run. Type %Programdata% and click OK. This will take you to a hidden folder named ProgramData where program-related settings or data are stored.
    Opening ProgramData Folder
  7. Repeat step 5. Now you have finally uninstalled Zoom completely from your computer.
  8. Download a fresh updated copy of the Zoom setup from the Official Wondershare Download Webpage and then install it.

Kevin Arrows

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