How to Fix Spotify Error Code 13

Spotify is one of the best audio streaming platforms available right now. Even though it is not available in all of the countries yet its user base is incredibly high. The desktop version of Spotify is known for its sleek design and user-friendly environment. One of them is the error code 13 that appears while installing the application on your system. For most of the users, the error appeared after they initiated an update which in the process messed up the installation and they were forced to reinstall the application.

Spotify Error Code 13

The error code is accompanied with an error message that says ‘The installer is unable to install Spotify because the necessary files could not be created’. This is can be due to a variety of things that includes compatibility mode issue or third-party applications interfering. We will look at it in detail in this article and also provide solutions that have worked for other users.

What causes the Error Code 13 During Spotify Installation?

As we know that the error code 13 appears while trying to install the Spotify application, hence, this can be due to the following reasons —

  • Third-Party Applications: The issue might be caused due to the interference of a third-party service with the installation process. This includes your antivirus software or anything else which is meddling with the software and preventing it from installing successfully.
  • Compatibility Issues: In some cases, the issue might be due to certain compatibility issues of the installer file that you have downloaded. In such a case, you will have to change the compatibility mode to a different one.
  • Old Spotify Folders: Sometimes, the issue can also be due to the old Spotify folders that remain after you uninstall the application. These files are stored in the AppData folder and you will have to delete them manually.

With that out of the way, let us get jump into the solutions that you can implement to resolve your issue. Remember, some of them might not work for you so make sure to give them all a try; they are worth it.

Solution 1: Disable Third-Party Antivirus

Antivirus software on your system scans every process on your system to make sure that you are safe of adware and malware. However, in the process, it can sometimes interfere with some processes that have nothing to do with malware. Such is the case with Spotify installer, your antivirus might try to interrupt the process of installation for security purposes and end up messing it up. Therefore, you are advised to turn off your antivirus after you get the error message before running the installer again. Some users have reported that Avast antivirus software was causing the issue for them and that the installation completed successfully after they disabled it temporarily.

Disabling Antivirus

Solution 2: Change Compatability Mode

In some cases, the installer that you have downloaded might have compatibility issues due to which the installation doesn’t complete. In such a case, you will have to change the compatibility mode of the installer before running it again. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Navigate to the directory where you have downloaded the Spotify installer.
  2. Right-click on the .exe file and then click Properties.
  3. Afterward, switch to the Compatibility tab.
  4. If you are running Windows 10, click ‘Run compatibility troubleshooter’.
    Spotify Installer Properties
  5. If you do not see this option under the Compatibility tab, simply tick the ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for’ and then choose Windows XP (Service Pack 3) from the list.
  6. Finally, close the Properties window and run the installer again.

Solution 3: Delete Old Spotify Folders

When you uninstall an application from your system, some certain files and folders remain even after the uninstallation has completed. These folders are located in the AppData directory which is hidden by default in Windows. You will have to access the folders manually and then delete them. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open up the File Explorer.
  2. Make sure that you know how to access the AppData folder that is situated in the system partition. If you are unsure, please refer to this guide to access the folder.
  3. Afterward, just navigate to the following directories one-by-one:
  4. C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Spotify
  5. C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Spotify
    Spotify Folder in AppData/Roaming
  6. Delete the Spotify folders in both the directories and then try to run the installer.

Solution 4: Starting Windows in Safe Mode

If none of the above solutions work out for you, there is a chance that a background service is intervening with the installation process other than your antivirus software. In such a case, you will have to boot your system in Safe Mode. By doing this, only the essential services that are required for booting your system will be started. The rest will be stopped. Once you boot into Safe Mode, run the installer again and see if it resolves the issue.

Please refer to this guide published on our site that explains how to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode in quite a detail. If you are using Windows 8, please refer to this guide instead.

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