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I'm trying to do a fresh install of Windows 8.1 on a home-built PC. Specs are here:

The video card has been swapped out for an MSI GTX 760, and the SSD is now a 256GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe.

After the Windows logo appears for a bit, I get a blank dark-ish blue screen with a mouse cursor, but nothing else happens.

I've tried two images (RTM and now the release version from today) with no luck. Any ideas?

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Sorry, RTM is what I meant. – NaOH Oct 18 '13 at 0:15
It doesn't appear to be failing to boot... This is before any installation occurs, mind. And I don't want to upgrade, I want to do a fresh install. – NaOH Oct 18 '13 at 0:16
Wow... I am sorry. 20 questions about the upgrade will do that. Try the video port on the motherboard. I would also try safe mode a blank blue screen indicates a driver problem. The GA release and the RTM build is actually the same thing – Ramhound Oct 18 '13 at 0:18
You can boot an install DVD in safe mode? Keep in mind that the Windows 7 install I'm hoping to blow away boots fine. – NaOH Oct 18 '13 at 1:01
The latter. Updating the BIOS fixed this issue. – NaOH Oct 18 '13 at 4:32
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try to switch to UEFI Boot from BIOS (also enable FastBoot option)... and partition your SSD as GPT

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This didn't appear to correct the issue. I'm going to update the BIOS and see if that helps. – NaOH Oct 18 '13 at 0:36
Once I updated the BIOS, I was able to enable Secure Boot, which fixed this issue. – NaOH Oct 18 '13 at 4:32

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