I/O device error

Problem

On trying to install the game, I get the following error message: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error

Workarounds

  • Something is interfering with the setup installer (AntiVirus, Firewall, Windows Update). Try disabling them.
  • Reinstall Origin
  • Clean out your registry with CCleaner
  • Make sure Windows and .Net are current
  • Clean the disc
  • Use the Digital Download Version from Origin instead of the disc (it’s free if you have the disc)
  • Use the patch download if you get this error on installing a patch

Further Reading