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Windows 7: Recurrent BSOD when trying to install win 7 64

27 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
Recurrent BSOD when trying to install win 7 64


I've been struggling with a mysterious BSOD case for a month now and I need the community's help.

I built my new PC two months ago and it has been running just fine for one month.

A month ago I experienced my first BSOD while playing Battlefield 4 (I don't have the error codes, sorry). After that Windows on normal mode could not run more than 5 mins without BSODing. It was running just fine on safe mode.

I tried to track down the issue the usual way, gave up and decided to go for a fresh Windows install. It is when the actual issues began.

Since then I have BSODs when installing Windows. It mainly arrives during the loading page but may happen later, when the installation actually begins.

What I did:
- Swapped all components (MB, RAM, GC, even PSU) without effect. The only thing that was not tested is the CPU.
- disconnected everything but one CG, one RAM module, without effect.
- I underclocked the RAM without effect
- I created Windows 7 Flash bootable UEFI and non UEFI drives based on brand new Windows 7 x64 ISOs and even a Windows 8 x64 one, without any success.

Few hints:
- Memtest is working just fine
- I tested the CPU with GIMPS and it is working just fine
- I managed to install Windows 7 32 bits
- I managed to install Ubuntu x64
- The PCIE SSD is a bit tricky to handle but is not the root cause as it is not working without it
- I am not using any fancy RAID configuration

Any help will be appreciated, I am running out of ideas,


My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Feb 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP


Post up your BSOD output to our Blue Screen forum for expert analysis: Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions - Windows 7 Forums

While you wait go over your install with a fine tooth comb using the Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 starting with hardware tests, a Clean Boot and everything else.

Compare the install you did with the perfect install compiled in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to see if you handled it similarly, especially the drivers. This can make a big difference and might be worth starting over to do a diagnostics install: After testing hardware, wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command, then install, only do all Windows Updates per the tutorial's specifications, testing performance between each group. Then add each program one at a time with enough time to test performance again. This should pinpoint (with our help) what's causing the issue.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate X64


Thank you for your reply.

I followed all the steps for a clean Windows install, wiped out the disk with disk part. I checked as well that I did all the tests in the troubleshooting section, wihtout success (tests that I can run, I remind that I don't have Win 7 64, only Win 7 32 and Linux 64 works on it).

I have the blue screen right after the loading Windows section, and I could not access to any menu (even the repair Windows one).

I have the same issue when trying to boot the CD in safe mode (blue screen after the loading of disk.sys).

I have a BSOD with minium hardware: CPU and one GC (without any HDD plugged).

My System SpecsSystem Spec

19 Mar 2014   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate X64


After few search on the internet I figured out that the pb may come from the processor. Had it changed, and it is working.

Thanks for the help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Mar 2014   #5
Microsoft MVP


Thanks for reporting back. Nice work for persevering!

To help others can you tell us what exactly pointed to the CPU?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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