Hi, I am new to this forum, but I have gotten a lot of useful software from here to fix an earlier PC, I thought this would be a good place to ask.
last Thursday 4/14/2016. I turned off my work computer and it said windows was updating. so I let it run as I have many times in the past. and figured it would power off when done. I got to work on Friday. 4/15/2016 and I started up the computer and windows would not start. all I was getting was a blinking cursor in the top left hand of the monitor. I called our IT Tech Support Firm, tried doing a repair on the BIOS, there was nothing there to fix. I tried to do some other boot options, none would work. they send a tech out and he determined that my hard drive had failed. not knowing how old this PC was I thought OK might be, so installed a new hard drive. did fresh install of windows 7, office. and retrieved my backups and all went well. they advised me that seeing how this was a fresh install, that this computer would prompt me to run windows update, yesterday on 4/19/2016, The box kept popping up do I want to run windows update now? I kept postponing it so it would do it after I left work, I got to work this morning. 4/20/2016. and again. blinking cursor. or cannot find disk to boot windows. I was baffled. did I just kill two hard drives in less then a week? my co-workers have run the latest windows updates and no issues. I called the IT guys again. we tried to change some things in the BIOS, nothing. disconnected all my USB devices. left only the monitor on. still nothing, tried to boot from a windows 7 disk, got to the screen where it said repair windows. got an error message that this version of windows was incompatible with the windows that was installed. even though it was the same disk that was installed on Friday.
I am at a loss. I have never been able to kill two computers in a week, there is an anti virus on the system, A version of Kaspersky 3? I don't remember right now. but I only do work related things on that PC, due to a previous employer who would track everything I did. so I am hesitant to do anything other then work to avoid any issues with my current employer. any advice on what this could possibly be the reason that this keeps happening after a windows update? and why only after it runs windows update? My employer asked me if I knew why this happened. and all I could think off was there was a hardware issue that after windows updated that it didn't like and would not boot up.
Thank you in advance for any guidance.