Installing New Hardware in a Windows 8 System

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By default, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 will save an image of the operating system and currently hardware drivers to disk when they terminate. When next rebooted, this image is loaded from disk, yielding a quick startup compared to previous versions of Windows. However, if the reloaded image includes drivers for hardware that is no longer present or drivers that were to be replaced, a page fault or blue screen of death can ensue.

When installing new hardware in a system running Windows 8 or 8.1,

  1. disconnect any USB device(s) that are no longer needed
  2. depress the shift key while directing Windows to terminate
  3. if hardware installation or removal requires powering down the PC, do so -- but do not connect any new USB device(s) at this point
  4. restart Windows
  5. connect any new USB device(s)
  6. install new drivers if required

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