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Windows 8.1 Causing BSOD When Creating Ramdisk

By - Source: Softpedia | B 30 comments

Yes, we have another Windows 8.1 problem, Houston.

Softpedia is apparently trolling the Microsoft Community Forums looking for Windows 8.1 issues, as the site has come across another issue regarding ramdisk creation and the new Windows update. Previously,- the site discovered forum threads regarding Windows 8.1 locking up, forcing users to reboot or turn the PC off completely and restarting (to clear the memory).

"When I attempt to install Windows 8.1 on my machine from the Windows Store, on boot I receive a blue screen," reads the latest complaint on Microsoft's forum. "The error message indicates that the system was unable to create a ramdisk and shows error number 0xc1900101. On reboot, it restores my original installation and provides the following error code: 0xc1900101-0x20017."

Microsoft responded by saying the error is caused by a driver bug check during boot, and that Windows 8.1 users should make sure that all drivers have been updated. If not, users should update all drivers and then check to see if the ramdrive issue persists. But Windows 8.1 customers are flooding the thread with complaints that the provided generic solution does not work.

"I have the same issue. No partitioning, no encryption, drivers up to date, all Windows 8 Pro updates applied. The only issue I can imagine is my BIOS somehow? Updating from Windows 7 to Windows 8 was a dream, so the 8.1 install errors make no sense to me," reads one complaint.

"Checking the update log it keeps referring to this failure: 2013-10-18 23:17:24:447 524 b48 Report REPORT EVENT: {1BD27D22-671F-4B62-8D37-8965A190C2E3} 2013-10-18 23:17:24:353+0100 1 204 [AGENT_INSTALLING_FAILED_POST_REBOOT] 101 {4B0CE879-D94C-4D6D-AAEA-43CC722D6D02} 1 c1900101 WSAcquisition Failure Content Install Installation Failure Post Reboot. So I assume the update is trying to do something at reboot level and BIOS is causing a problem?" reads another.

The issue, it seems, partially revolves around the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor and Nvidia nForce-based motherboards. One user provides a list of instructions that "refreshed" his Windows 8.1 install while keeping settings and apps, but this didn't work for many still plagued with the ramdisk problem.

"Seems like we are in a position where for some reason Microsoft is not responding to this issue here. Is there an official response that says nForce chipset based systems are no longer supported under Windows 8.1 from Microsoft? I don't even know if that is the root of our issues, or if it is combined with some other factor introduced with 8.1 that we can manage somehow," another post reads.

One user suggests uninstalling the Rapid Storage Driver first (which is a chipset driver for the hard drive controller), then run 8.1 update again. Unfortunately, by the end of the thread, Microsoft hasn't added any additional comments or suggestions, leaving many fending for themselves or waiting for an official fix via update.

If additional information is released by Microsoft, we'll let you know.

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    killerclick , November 5, 2013 11:31 AM
    At least it has a sad emoticon. Development time well spent.
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    Bloob , November 5, 2013 11:32 AM
    Win 8 also seems to have problems with dual booting.

    edit: also, I could not install 8.1 before removing my WLAN card.
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    therogerwilco , November 5, 2013 11:37 AM
    Zero problems here, even using a ramdisk via XfastRam with my ASrock board... otherwise 4770k and a 780..
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    Pinhedd , November 5, 2013 11:38 AM
    NForce motherboards... why am I not surprised in the slightest?
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    therealduckofdeath , November 5, 2013 11:43 AM
    These articles you're starting now, writing about single users with individual problems and actually writing messed up advice on top of that are, bizarre. I mean, this site is supposed to be somewhat for the tech savvy readers? Still you write that this odd issue that you've managed to dig up appears to affect Nvidia chipsets. Still you write about an advice to uninstall Intel chipset drivers?

    How about troubleshoot your writing first? :) 
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    Pinhedd , November 5, 2013 11:44 AM
    NForce motherboards... why am I not surprised in the slightest?
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    monkeycmonkeydu , November 5, 2013 11:48 AM
    "Seems like we are in a position where for some reason Microsoft is not responding to this issue here."

    Yeah that's not unusual, us poor Windows 7 saps are still waiting on them to fix their black screen media center issue only 5 years later...
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    nforce4max , November 5, 2013 1:28 PM
    Just stay with 7 and be thankful that nothing needs fixing. Even vista has fewer issues despite being a hog.
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    slyu9213 , November 5, 2013 1:37 PM
    I did a clean install of Windows 8 just for the hope that Windows 8.1 will install successfully this time around. Last time it had so many errors before the install was even successful. This time the only things installed are drivers and programs/apps that came with Windows 8. Better work or Microsoft has a ton of work to do.
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    jimmysmitty , November 5, 2013 2:20 PM
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    NForce motherboards... why am I not surprised in the slightest?


    nForce wasn't bad but the equivalent Intel chipsets were better.

    I am not surprised its having issues either. The last time NVidia made a chipset for Intel was 2008, 5 years ago. The hardware is out of date.

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    Just stay with 7 and be thankful that nothing needs fixing. Even vista has fewer issues despite being a hog.


    Yea, 7 still has a few issues. It had less than most other OSes but it still has issues, hence why there are patches still coming out fixing those issues. SP1 had issues installing for some people too.

    And Vista? Really? Vista had a lot of issues. Its not even a OS that was popular enough to matter. I had it and was fine with it but compared to 8, Vista is pretty bad.

    And I am not surprised at the issues. Most people don't maintain their systems and drivers at all.
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    baddad , November 5, 2013 2:20 PM
    I've upgrade 5 machines from windows 8 to 8.1 no problem, I have the above problem on my game machine and everything they said to do has just made it worst. Plus I have a machine I've been talking to MS level 2 support about that the store down loaded a preview copy and now will not activate, I kept telling them that was the problem and today they finally lesson. So they are down loading a copy of 8.1 to that machine to try and repair it. I don't think it will work. BTW the above problem is happening to thousands of user, it's not just some odd problem!
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    apache_lives , November 5, 2013 2:21 PM
    THG you have turned to FUDD with all the Windows 8 news, how about reviewing the Windows 8.1 and reporting problems (if any) and doing some real reporting instead of this FUDD?
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    littleleo , November 5, 2013 2:24 PM
    Running Windows 7 Ultimate, and loving it!! I'm so glad I didn't drink the MS Kool-Aid and get Windows 8/8.1.
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    shortbus25 , November 5, 2013 2:36 PM
    I have a q6600 and installed 8.1 with no issues at all so be it I don't have a nforce board!! Maybe this upgrade stuff is the issue I got 8.1 back when they released the rtm from the Microsoft student website and love every bit of this 8.1 goodness permitted I did install classic shell and did away with metro $#!% but it works great!!!
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    m32 , November 5, 2013 2:47 PM
    I almost bought W8 a couple of months ago. I'm glad I didn't. Not because of this, since this really wouldn't effect me, but the little bugs that have been floating around would really bother me + the tablet UI doesn't help.
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    slyu9213 , November 5, 2013 2:51 PM
    Microsoft's statement to check for drivers to be updated is too broad of a statement. Yes there's a lot of people retarded in the technology department but those people wouldn't have kept using Windows 8 in the first place. Most drivers are updated automatically through Windows Update so if a driver isn't updated it's more of Microsoft's fault. I had all drivers upgraded and all programs installed to the newest version yet I still did not get Windows 8.1 to install successfully. If this current install does not work than Microsoft needs to do some more repenting and fixing.

    Windows 8 was a nice improvement in the performance department and work speed for my personal experience. Windows 8.1 is supposed to be he same. I can just continue using Windows 8 for now but I don't want to wait forever for Windows 8.1 to finally work with most computers. If they don't fix the major issues I hope Microsoft provides free installation disks or drives. I'm tired of downloading the update over and over again after a while. I downloaded three times on one machine and still the update is not successful. I have 3 other computers that I have not even tried yet.
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    bryonhowley , November 5, 2013 3:52 PM
    Well if you are still running a NForce board it is time to upgrade anyway! As far as the update to Windows 8.1 I did not have any problems with my three rigs the update was smooth on all my rigs.
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    DonChesak , November 5, 2013 4:01 PM
    I too have the same issue. When attempting to upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1 I get this, "There isn't enough memory available to create a ramdisk device. Error Code 0xc0000017.


    PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Yorkfield 3.0GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
    MOTHER BOARD: eVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA775 Motherboard, nForce 780i SLI Chipset
    MEMORY: Corsair Dominator 4GB (4 x 1GB) DDR2 SDRAM Desktop Memory TWIN2X2048-8500C5D, DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500), 240-Pin, SLI Certified.
    HARD DRIVE: Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive (RAID 0 Striped Drives)
    VIDEO CARD: eVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card
    SOUND CARD: on-board
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    jimmysmitty , November 5, 2013 5:47 PM
    Quote:
    I too have the same issue. When attempting to upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1 I get this, "There isn't enough memory available to create a ramdisk device. Error Code 0xc0000017.


    PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Yorkfield 3.0GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
    MOTHER BOARD: eVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA775 Motherboard, nForce 780i SLI Chipset
    MEMORY: Corsair Dominator 4GB (4 x 1GB) DDR2 SDRAM Desktop Memory TWIN2X2048-8500C5D, DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500), 240-Pin, SLI Certified.
    HARD DRIVE: Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive (RAID 0 Striped Drives)
    VIDEO CARD: eVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card
    SOUND CARD: on-board


    It looks like it just much be some part to do with NVidia nForce and others it may be other issues.

    You really need an upgrade. Even just going to say a 2500K would be an insane difference for you.

    The QX9650 was a great CPU but its outdated by todays standards.
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    stephenpate , November 5, 2013 6:48 PM
    Don't be so lazy. Browse the Microsoft Community yourself. Softpedia for the love of Pete. There are lots of Windows 8.1 issues that are not solved yet and often there are no official responses from MS. Odd company.
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