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    Enable AHCI in Windows 8 and Windows 10 after Installation

    How to Enable AHCI in Windows 8 and Windows 10 after Installation
    Published by Category: Installation & Upgrade
    23 May 2020
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    How to Enable AHCI in Windows 8 and Windows 10 after Installation


    AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) makes NCQ (Native Command Queuing) along with hot-plugging or hot swapping through SATA Serial-ATA host controllers possible

    Usually today's motherboards will have AHCI enabled in UEFI or BIOS by default. Some older motherboards may have IDE enabled by default instead.

    If you wanted to install Windows using AHCI instead of IDE, then you would normally need to have AHCI enabled in BIOS/UEFI first.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable AHCI in Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 after you have already installed the OS (operating system) with IDE by mistake.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to enable AHCI after installing Windows.

    This tutorial is an updated version for Windows 8/8.1/10 from the Windows 7 version our dear late member Ted (aka: Bare Foot Kid) created at our sister site www.SevenForums.com below.

    AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista


    It is recommended to create a restore point before doing this tutorial. This way if you make a mistake, you will be able to easily undo it by doing a system restore with the restore point.




    Here's How:

    1 While in Windows, press the Win + R keys to open Run, type regedit into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    2 If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3 In the left pane of Registry Editor, browse to the key location below. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\iaStorV

    Enable AHCI in Windows 8 and Windows 10 after Installation-ahci_registry-3.png

    4 In the right pane of the iaStorV key, double click/tap on the Start DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot above)

    5 Type 0 (zero) for AHCI, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Enable AHCI in Windows 8 and Windows 10 after Installation-ahci_registry-2.png

    6 In the left pane of Registry Editor, browse to the key location below. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\iaStorAVC\StartOverride

    Enable AHCI in Windows 8 and Windows 10 after Installation-startoverride-1.png

    7 In the right pane of the StartOverride key, double click/tap on the 0 DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot above)

    8 Type 0 (zero), and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    This value will return back to 3 after you restart the computer later.

    Enable AHCI in Windows 8 and Windows 10 after Installation-startoverride-2.png

    9 In the left pane of Registry Editor, browse to the key location below. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\storahci

    Enable AHCI in Windows 8 and Windows 10 after Installation-ahci_registry-1.png

    10 In the right pane of the storahci key, double click/tap on the Start DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot above)

    11 Type 0 (zero) for AHCI, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Enable AHCI in Windows 8 and Windows 10 after Installation-ahci_registry-2.png

    12 In the left pane of Registry Editor, browse to the key location below to see if you have the StartOverride here. If you don't, then go to step 15 below. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\storahci\StartOverride

    Enable AHCI in Windows 8 and Windows 10 after Installation-startoverride-1b.png

    13 If you do, then, in the right pane of the StartOverride key, double click/tap on the 0 DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot above)

    14 Type 0 (zero), and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Enable AHCI in Windows 8 and Windows 10 after Installation-startoverride-2.png

    15 When finished, close Registry Editor.

    16 Boot the computer to your BIOS or UEFI firmware settings.


    17 In your BIOS or UEFI firmware settings, enable AHCI, and save & exit to apply and restart the computer. (see screenshot below)

    These settings will vary per brand and model number of motherboard. Please read your motherboard manual for more specific details about how to change SATA settings for it.

    Enable AHCI in Windows 8 and Windows 10 after Installation-bios.jpg

    18 When Windows starts, it'll automatically install AHCI drivers. (see screenshot below)

    Enable AHCI in Windows 8 and Windows 10 after Installation-ahci-driver.jpg
    Enable AHCI in Windows 8 and Windows 10 after Installation-ahc-driver2.jpg

    19 When finished, you'll need to click/tap on Restart Now to restart the computer one last time.

    Enable AHCI in Windows 8 and Windows 10 after Installation-restart.jpg


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
       #1

    Hi Shawn

    I would like to go from IDE to AHCI using your instructions above.

    As you can see from the attached photo of my BIOS, there's a "SATA Mode Selection" setting and a "Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode" setting. My SSD (on SATA3_1) has the OS installed on it. My two other hard drives are on the Marvell connections.
    My mobo is an Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3.

    After following your instructions above, should I set BOTH the "SATA Mode Selection" setting and the "Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode" to AHCI or just the "SATA Mode Selection" setting ?

    Thanks

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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       #2

    Hello Rob, :)

    I'd set both to AHCI, but the Marvel option wouldn't matter unless you had a SATA drive connected to one of it's separate ports.
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  3. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
       #3

    Thanks brink. However, I think I have the two hdds connected to the Marvell ports, don't I?
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       #4

    I'd set it to AHCI to be safe.
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  5. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
       #5

    ok, so this is weird ...

    both the START dwords for those registry entries were already set to 0.
    (remember that I have SATA mode set as IDE in BIOS!)

    So then I went to the BIOS and changed SATA modes to AHCI and rebooted and got the INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE BSOD.

    Went back to BIOS and changed back to IDE and all is ok again.

    So Windows thinks I'm in AHCI? But BIOS says IDE.

    I'm totally confused
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  6. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
       #6

    I ended up using these instructions:
    Solved Attn. SSD owners - Enabling AHCI mode AFTER Windows 10 installation. - Windows 10 Forums

    and now I'm in AHCI .

    In your tutorial above I think you should mention the startoverride subkeys. They need to have 0 dwords too.
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       #7

    Thank you Rob. The tutorial has been updated for this. :)
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  8. Posts : 15
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       #8

    Today I visited a customer on Win 10 x64 who's SSD was in IDE mode which I changed to AHCI by changing the StartOverride keys from 3 to 0 in the registry.

    All good. My question is I also see forums suggesting a safemode then nornal boot will also work after changing to AHCI. Does anyone experience with this ? Does anyone know if and which registry entries the safemode method changes ?

    If the safemode method works then it has to be better than a registry edit ?
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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       #9

    Hello colsearle, :)

    Sure you could do this in safe mode or normal mode. It doesn't matter.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
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