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I am trying to install Windows 8 Pro from an ISO, burned to a DVD. Setup boots and allows me to go through the install screens, up to disk selection. I have a Kingston Hyper-X SSD 128GB disk as Disk0 and 2x WD Caviar Black 1TB drives in a Raid 0 (HW) as Disk1. I previously had Win7 installed on the SSD but I removed the partitions so the Disk0 is ~120GB of unallocated space. On selecting Disk0 to install to and selecting next in this disk selection screen, I receive the Win8 Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) for a split second and the computer immediately reboots (no user input prior to rebooting). I do not have time to see the error that is displayed so, I cannot give the specific error. I tried to proceed on this step after installing a raid driver for the raid controller and also without installing the raid driver; both scenarios result in the same behavior (though I'm not sure it is the same error).

Is there a way to pause the BSOD before it reboots? Or is there a way to modify the setup configuration to pause on a BSOD?

Are there any BIOS settings or configurations known to cause this sort of issue? I've done my best to Google answers.

I was able to install and dual boot the Consumer Preview without incident.

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Have you tried to simple install Windows 7 then use the Windows 8 disk to do a clean installation to Windows 8? –  Ramhound Apr 23 '13 at 15:39
    
I have not. I will try that tonight. –  RominNoodleSamurai Apr 23 '13 at 15:42
    
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The problem was likely Windows 8's inability to communicate with the SSD as the BIOS SATA controller mode was set to RAID mode in order to facilitate a prior RAID 0 setup. I moved the SSD to port 7 on my motherboard, kept the RAID drives in their original positions, and set the SATA controller to RAID and the Marvell SATA controller to AHCI mode. Once I did this, I was able to install Windows 8 completely.

However, the story doesn't end there. Once in Windows, I went about tidying up the interface and moving files around on my raid disk. Then a BSOD happened, this time indicating a problem with the driver ahcix64.sys (IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL). So I went to the source, saw the creator of the AHCI Raid driver was AMD, and went to their page and downloaded drivers for the Southbridge controller, updated for Windows 8 (http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/raid_windows.aspx)

Also needed to update the BIOS from ver 1.5 to 1.7, but I feel pretty confident that the updated drivers solved the problem as I have had no BSODs since then.

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