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Following the latest Windows 8 update, my computer won't start. I cannot boot from any other USB stick, or a windows 7 DVD. It just says "MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION" and it reboots again and again. Windows 7 setup hangs at "Setup starting...".

I removed the graphics card, switched around RAM sticks, underclocked my CPU, took out all the HDDs ... all in vain.

I am looking for a good selection of diagnostic tools that I can install on a USB stick to boot from (hopefully).

What other options do I have?

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My suggestion is to try using Ultimate Boot CD, it has a good collection of software and hardware diagnostics software.

An alternativer could be to use Knoppix Live CD.

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