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Windows 7: Found the cause of my BSOD's when install Win7

27 Jun 2013   #1

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64-bit
Found the cause of my BSOD's when install Win7

I was installing Win7 64bit last night on a PC that I was rebuilding. Known good i3-3220 CPU , ASUS P8Z77-V LK motherboard, Corsair power supply, but new RAM and Kingston 120GB SSD. I had numerous issues when trying to do a fresh install of Win7 with an OEM disk that I just bought at MicroCenter.

Numerous BSOD (usually in ntfs.sys, but also wimflt.sys)., inability to download updates, very slow install, the "start" button refused to work and the sfc /scannow would only get to 25% completed before it would fail.

Turns out, it was bad RAM. The 8GB of DDR3 (Crucial 12800, Ballistix Sport) was the culprit. I replaced the RAM and all of the problems were gone. I reinstalled the OS, then updated it, installed applications and stress tested it over night and all's well.

I just wanted to pass this along in case anyone else is experiencing similar issues...

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27 Jun 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1

Good call, big four failure point.... super easy one, thank goodness, eh!?!
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 Found the cause of my BSOD's when install Win7

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