Hi, I'm having a hell of a problem with Windows 7 and need help.
I received Windows 7 Pro dvd in October 2009 (Corporate retail)
I have a fairly new PC with 160 gig SATA C: drive and 120 gig IDE D: drive.
I install Windows 7 on SATA drive.
I goto all hardware sites and get latest Windows 7 drivers
and install them.
I am a C/C++ developer so I install Borland Builder5, Watcom and MinGW as I use them all.
I also play the odd FPS games for relaxing
Now for a period of time week, several weeks maybe, Windows 7 works 100%, no problems what so ever.
Then suddenly the PC will freeze, maybe in middle of a game, maybe while browsing the net or just testing a program.
Sometimes if I press Alt+Ctrl+Del the Task Manager menu appears and from there I get out of the problem.
BUT.... and this is where the problems come in...
Most times, after pressing Alt+Ctrl+Del nothing happens, you can press as many times as you like but nothing happens, keyboard and mouse are still active.
This I now know is disastrous and I know at this point that Windows 7 has destroyed my hard drive as the only way out is to manually restart the PC using the on/off button.
Now when the PC tries to reboot it says 'Invalid Media' after a while and stops.
At this point the Repair disk is useless as it only offers a 3 stage Chkdsk and not a 5 stage as required.
I install an old 80 gig hard drive with Windows Xp on it, boot that and set a schedule for the faulty hard drive to be chkdsk (scan for bad sectors) on next boot.
I reboot the PC, and the 5 stage chkdsk runs, takes about an hour.
Now if I boot this Windows 7 drive it says 'NTLDR is missing' and now I put in my repair disk and install the image backup I made soon after the original installation.
At this point everything works 100% again, until next time.
1. Have have tried a new hard drive.
2. I have replaced the motherboard.
3. I have replaced the memory.
4. I have upgraded to a 650 watt PSU from a 450 watt.
I do not have too many things installed on this PC as its a work horse.
I have Avast antivirus which reports all ok.
This crash procedure has now happened 7 times and if I do not solve it soon, I'm going back to Xp as I tried that during December and January and that worked 100% no problems at all.
Any idea's or help would be greatly appreciated as I really like Windows 7 and would like to stick to it.