I'm trying to install Windows 8.1 on my machine. After the first part of the installation is ready the installer reboots my PC, and when the installation continues, in the "Getting Devices Ready" screen I get a blue screen with the following error: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL. Windows 8 installation goes just fine, like any other operating system. Any ideas?
In 99% you have a device which driver causing this issue. Try to remove any external USB devices first. if the issue still occurs, than remove any additional cards you have in your PCI/PCIe slots.
In most cases it is the device/driver issue. You can try to locate the device that creates the issue after Windows installation by adding one at a time. If you want to troubleshot before you accomplish Windows installation, than remove a single device and try to install Windows. When it pass installation, you will know which device causes you the trouble.
If you have a WiFi adapter with the Ralink chip, than just remove it as these Ralink chips have a huge issues with 8.1. Stay away from Ralink if you want to use Windows 8.1
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