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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


  1. Thanks very much for your help as I was suffering the same issue - I managed to find a clean way to remove the SafeNet drivers, but I'm still unsure what they were required for!

  2. Glad it helped Karl! Thanks for letting me know about the uninstaller too

  3. but i do not find any files about aks** but i meet such a BSOD

  4. Hi Jerome, what driver does it mention when you get a BSOD?