|When you search the web with: STOP: 0x0000008E |
you will find lots of "hits" and lots of possible causes.
Searching the web with something such as: STOP: 0x0000008E after installing video drivers
might find something that is more appropriate.
I'm assuming you HAVE NOT installed any anti-malware software yet.
If you HAVE.....
NOTE that sometimes the resident module(s) of anti-malware programs - a part that runs all the time scanning for suspicious activity - will interfere with the proper installation of third party software, the software will not install properly, and you may get no indication of that at all while installing the software.
To avoid that possibilty, you should always DISABLE the resident module(s) of anti-malware programs, BEFORE you install third party software (software other than most Microsoft Updates, etc., that did not come with Windows ), especially when it's a major or complicated software package.
E.g. if you are using the free or paid version of AVG, you should disable the Resident Shield in AVG's settings in Windows.
If you don't know how to do that, tell us which anti-malware software you are using.
When you are sure the software has installed correctly, re-enable the resident module(s).
NOTE that Microsoft's Security Essentials anti-malware software MAY be built into your Windows 7 installation. If it is, it's listed in your All Programs list. It's resident module doesn't interfere with the proper installation of MOST third party software, but it MIGHT.
Scroll down - it shows where you can enable / disable Real time protection:
Probably the most frequent cause of this error is a ram problem, and in that case you may not get the error in some circumstances, but you DO get it in other circumstances.
See response 2 in this - try cleaning the contacts on the ram modules, and making sure the modules are properly seated:
Some ram manufacturer's modules do not strictly adhere to the JEDEC standards that most mboards bioses use to determine ram settings.
In that case, the ram settings in the bios Setup that the bios has automatically chosen may not be correct.
Check the ram settings in your bios - the ram voltage, and the ram timing numbers - those should be the same as for the specs for the modules themselves. Often the ram voltage and timing numbers are printed on the label on the modules.
If the voltage setting or timings settings in the bios are different from the specs for the ram, change them in the bios. The timing numbers must be as close as you can get to the same, or slower timings (higher numbers = slower) - you won't notice the difference the slower settings make.
If you have a mix of different modules
- don't mix ram that different voltages are specified for - the bios will force the ram to use the lowest voltage, if "by spd" or similar is used (default settings) - ram that a higher voltage is specified for is more likely to not work properly in that situation.
- the bios settings must be those for the slowest timing settings of all the modules, or slower (higher numbers = slower).
You MAY be able to custom set the ram voltage to the higher ram voltage in the bios if you do NOT have the bios set to detect the ram "by SPD" or similar, however, you must NOT exceed the max voltage range for the modules that require a lower voltage, and that can be hard to determine, unless you can find detailed specs - e.g. if the ram is Kingston ram that doesn't have a brand name system specific part number, that info is easily found.
NOTE that I / we have seen that the ram can pass bootable ram diagnostics tests when those settings in the bios are NOT correct ( usually, when one or more ram timing number(s) is(are) too low) - it's only when you use the operating system that you experience problems because of that.
When that applies, you usually do not have problems in some circumstances, but you DO experience errors or problems you can't find a cause for in other circumstances.
When you have determined the ram settings in the bios are okay, and you have re-seated the modules...
Test your ram with a ram diagnostics set of tests.
E.g. Use memtest86, or memtest86+ (different author), or if you have 4gb or less installed, Microsoft's
Windows Memory Diagnostic:
It can be toggled (press T) to do a standard or a more comprehensive set of tests - use the default 6 test one first - if it passes one pass of that, use the latter one. A few of the tests in the latter set are intentionally slower.
memtest86 has bugs that cause false errors to be reported in one or two tests of the default full set of tests for SOME mboards that have an AMD cpu or AMD main chipset. One of them reports infinite errors and never finishes running.
memtest86+ has bugs that causes false errors to be reported for SOME mboards, unless you DISABLE Legacy USB or USB Keyboard or similar in the bios Setup BEFORE you run it.
I've had no false error problems when I've used the Windows Memory Diagnostic.