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By some stroke of luck, Amazon delivered my copy of Windows 8 Pro yesterday afternoon instead of today.
And I know what you’re saying: “Ewww, Windows 8!”
You shoosh. I couldn’t pass up the performance advantages, which are quite substantial.
It took me quite a while to get to those advantages, though, because I didn’t get Win8 installed until my third attempt. That’s right, kiddos: twice I spun the disc, did all the checking, installed all the files, watched multiple reboots and water-boiling counters, only to be met with the screen you see at right in the very, very final stages of the installation.
For my second attempt at installing, I figured I would disconnect all of my non-essential hardware, thinking maybe some auxiliary device was causing a conflict. Because, after all, Windows 8 does a handy software search before it installs, and tells you which programs aren’t compatible. (It even had me uninstall Microsoft’s own Security Essentials, since Win8 uses a new version of Defender).
Second verse, same as the first: Blue Screen o’ Death during the very, very final stages of installation, and a complete reversion back to Win7-64, with only my keyboard, mouse and monitor attached.
So I started some digging, started some speculating, uninstalled some programs, and did a whole lot of thinking before starting the looong process of trying to re-re-install Windows 8. I ran into a few people online having similar problems, but those were all Firewall related, and I use Windows Firewall. Putting two and two together, though, I noticed that incompatibilities all seem to be in the realm of security. Win8 prompted me to uninstall Security Essentials. Third-party firewalls were the boogeyman for other users. The only remaining bit of security software I had on my PC was a program called Trusteer Rapport, which my bank prompted me to install a while back. It’s pretty transparent, so I had forgotten about it long ago. But I uninstalled it, ran the Win8 installation again, and voila! Windows 8 installed flawlessly!
Now, I’m not saying that Trusteer Rapport is going to be the culprit with everyone who gets this error while trying to install, but given that every other program I’ve tried runs wonderfully under the new operating system, I think it’s safe to say that if PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA errors are plaguing your day, some sort of security software is almost certainly to blame. Just go ahead and uninstall it all before you start the migration process.
Granted, I don’t know why Windows 8 couldn’t have told me ahead of time it was going to choke on Rapport, since apparently it runs a scan of some sort before installation, but the endorphin rush of having Win8 installed is overwhelming my grump at Microsoft’s (and Trusteer’s) dropping the ball on this one.
Now, where the hell is the Control Panel?