I recently bought new parts to build a computer. According to the manufacturers, all parts are compatible, and I have 2 HDs - 1 new (currently empty), and 1 old (with data, including Vista 32-bit). I attempted to boot up the old HD in the new computer, and received this message:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.
I installed Vista 32-bit onto my new HD, and my computer was able to boot up correctly. Once I attempted to upgrade to Windows 7 64-bit, I received this message again. I did a custom upgrade and reformatted the HD (which are the instructions from Microsoft).
After reformatting again, and trying to reinstall Vista 32-bit using a custom install, I receive this error message, and the new computer will not boot up. My old computer will run with the old HD using Vista, so the problem is not my old HD.
The only hardware plugged into my new computer on bootup are the essentials (power cord, monitor, mouse, and keyboard). I will attempt to unplug some hardware (optical drives) and see if these are the problem. I will also see if I can install Vista 32-bit on my new HD using my old computer, then upgrade to 7 64-bit to see if the install disks are the problem. Right now the boot priority for my new computer is 1) DVD ROM with OS install disk inside, and 2) HD currently installed.
I have booted up using repair mode, which does not work with any of these errors. My motherboard may be the problem, but I do not want to replace it until I have no other options and have narrowed down that it is faulty.
Any suggestions are appreciated, thanks in advance.