"One of the Filter Drivers Installed for This Device Is Invalid" Error Message When You Restart the Computer

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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
SYMPTOMS
When you restart your computer after you install a new hard disk, you may experience the following behaviors:
  • You receive the following error message:
    One of the filter drivers installed for this device is invalid.


    -and-
  • The Found New Hardware Wizard unexpectedly starts.
Additionally, you may find that a yellow exclamation mark appears next to the hard disk when you view the hard disk in Device Manager, or a drive letter that represents the hard disk does not appear in either Windows Explorer or in Disk Management.
CAUSE
This problem may occur if there are one or more filter driver entries in the Windows registry that prevent the hard disk from installing correctly.
RESOLUTION
To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
  1. Delete the
    UpperFilters
    and
    LowerFilters
    registry values (if they exist) in the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E967-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
    To do so:
    1. Click Start, and then click Run.
    2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
    3. Locate, and then click the following registry key:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E967-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
    4. In the right pane, right-click the
      UpperFilters
      registry value (if it exists), and then click Delete.
    5. Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the deletion.
    6. In the right pane, right-click the
      LowerFilters
      registry value (if it exists), and then click Delete.
    7. Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the deletion.
    8. Quit Registry Editor.
  2. Restart the computer.
  3. The Found New Hardware Wizard starts. Follow the instructions that appear on the pages of the Found New Hardware Wizard to install the hard disk on the computer.
  4. Restart the computer.
  5. Start Device Manager and verify that the hard disk is installed and is detected correctly by Windows. To do so:
    1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Manage.
    2. Expand System Tools, and then click Device Manager.
    3. In the right pane, expand Disk drives.

      Verify that the hard disk that you installed is listed under Disk drives.
MORE INFORMATION
For additional information about how to use Device Manager, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
283658 HOW TO: Manage Devices in Windows XP
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