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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Windows 8.1 Preview fails to install

Installing through the Windows Store, when the process reached the final stages I experienced a BSOD. Subsequently, the install process rolled back.

The install error given was 0xC1900101 - 0x4000D

Looking at the BSOD information a driver called AKSDF.SYS was the cause. It seems to be some sort of licensing software, though I'm not sure where it came from or what it protects; the install date was around the same time as the installation of Fiery Printserver controller software and X-Rite i1 colour calibration software.

Uninstalling the software did not make a difference to retrying the 8.1 upgrade.

I had to manually delete all files in C:\Windows\ that matched the following pattern:


If I only deleted AKSDF.SYS, AKSFRIDGE.SYS caused a BSOD on the next attempt. So they all had to go.

Windows 8.1 Preview successfully installed after that