So like the title says, I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro a few months ago and I have had this sound issue when playing music in Windows Media Player or in Google Chrome, where the sound skips(Sometimes it cut outs for a second, other times it stutters) and pops. I have an ECS 8200a motherboard and I am using the integrated audio to play to some stereo speakers, I have tried using the OEM drivers certified for Windows 7, and I have uninstalled it and allowed Windows install the latest Microsoft generic drivers, but still the issue persists. It seems to occur when the hard disk is being used at the same time the audio is playing, for instace if I were listening to music and I opened a folder with many files in it in File Explorer, there is a chance that this issue may occur, so I suspect that it may be a hard drive/ATA Chipset issue. The chipset drivers are for the Nvidia nForce chipset, and is for AHCI mode which I have set as the SATA mode in the BIOS. Would anyone have any suggestions to solve this issue/better debug this issue?