Unplug hardware if Windows fails to install properly

If Windows fails to install or just messes up the configuration of the installed hardware, then it can be a good idea to unplug/turn-off non-essential hardware like:
  • USB devices
  • Printer
  • Soundcard (Disable if onboard)
  • Network card (Disable if onboard)
  • TV Tuner card
  • Modem
  • ...
After succesfully installing Windows, then plug back in each hardware device one by one, and let Windows detect and install drivers for them.

Updated: 23 September 2007

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