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Windows fails to boot, repair/restore doesn't work


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#1 Vetos

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Posted 15 January 2015 - 02:50 AM

Just installed a new mobo and CPU. I get about 2 seconds into the "Starting Windows" phase before the system freezes and restarts. I only get the option to run Startup Repair, but it has failed to solve the issue about 5 times now. System Restore doesn't solve it either.

I should note that I discovered my disk drives have been labeled differently. I have no idea how this happened. I made sure the correct drive has boot priority in BIOS but it didnt seem to make a difference. I also do not have an optical drive or a recovery disk handy. Not sure what I can do at this point.

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Posted 15 January 2015 - 12:33 PM

If you are using the same hard drive as previously used with old motherboard...without reinstalling Windows...that's probably the cause of your frustration, IMO.

 

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Posted 15 January 2015 - 05:58 PM

I agree with you, but what are my options to fix it? How can i repair the boot partition, or rewrite it?

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Posted 15 January 2015 - 06:06 PM

Clean install is my method, after running a hard drive diagnostic on the hard drive to be sure that I'm not just wishing and hoping that all will go well.

 

You could try removing the drivers that don't belong and replacing them with drivers that do belong...but I've always found it cleaner and more reliable to just do a clean install and reinstall apps at a leisurely (as I need/want them) pace.

 

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Posted 15 January 2015 - 06:37 PM

Is the new motherboard the same chipset as the old one? If it isn't, the missing storage controller driver is probably causing a bluescreen about inaccessible boot device or something similar.


Have you tried turning it off and on again?


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Posted 15 January 2015 - 10:04 PM

It is not the same chipset.

 

The motherboard has an LED display that shows error codes during POST, when the freeze occurs it shows a code that indicates "IDE initialization started" according to the manual.

 

I made a bootable USB with Windows 7 on and tried to reinstall. I got stuck again on the "Starting Windows" phase, but instead of restarting it's just frozen. I'm kind of afraid to do anything to it.



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Posted 16 January 2015 - 04:58 AM

No need to get afraid. Actually this problem arises because of the defective hardware or the device drivers.  Also, a defective hard drive, RAM or any other hardware can cause the computer to freeze. To get out of frozen issue check the hardware issues and boot your computer in safe mode. Then restart it.






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