Solved New Core i7-4790K system keeps failing....

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July 5, 2014 at 10:28:37
Specs: Windows 7 Pro 64Bit, Core i7-4790K
I just built a new system days ago. I installed Widows 7 Pro, all my drivers and then software,ran several batches of Windows Updates with reboots, then some games and the like. I ran many benchmarks, and played some games to test stability. Then, randomly, windows informs me it has installed updates and needs to reboot. So I reboot, and BAM: "Windows Failed to Start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause Status: 0xc000000e. The Boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible." I tried several reboots, same effect. I cannot get into BIOS either, as it refuses to recognize keyboard or mouse input.

So I start running checks. Disconnecting all hardware, reseating RAM, then connecting the HDD and SSD, then rebooting. No Joy. Then, randomly, after like the 12th or 18th disconnect-reconnect-reboot cycle, the system responds, I can get into BIOS, select the Windows 7 Pro Boot drive I made, and run Startup Repair, then Startup Repair tells me that it cannot continue since it is a DIFFERENT VERSION OF WINDOWS?!?!? IT'S THE SAME DRIVE I INSTALLED IT FROM!!!!

So I start Over...

Insert Win 7 Pro Install Flash Drive, restart, boot from it, completely delete partitions and install from scratch, Update, install all drivers, run updates, configure, install software and games, it plays and tests insanely fast. Reboot many times throughout to test, No problems. Then, a day later, a random background Windows Update installs and asks to reboot, And BOOM. "Windows Failed to Start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause Status: 0xc000000e. The Boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible." I try several reboots, same effect. I cannot get into BIOS either, as it refuses to recognize keyboard or mouse input.

So I start running checks. Disconnecting all hardware, reseating RAM, then connecting the HDD and SSD, then rebooting. No Joy. Then, randomly, after like the 12th or 18th disconnect-reconnect-reboot cycle, the system responds, I can get into BIOS, select the Windows 7 Pro Boot drive I made, and run Startup Repair, then Startup Repair tells me that it cannot continue since it is a DIFFERENT VERSION OF WINDOWS?!?!? IT'S THE SAME DRIVE I INSTALLED IT FROM!!!!

So I start Over...

This process has repeated 4 times now. Twice I have pulled the SSD out and docked it to my main HTPC system, opened disk management, and completely deleted all partitions and formatted the drive before the reinstall process.

I have tried installing from both a Flash Drive and the Disc.

Can someone PLEASE provide some guidance. I am going crazy. What am I doing wrong?

Here are the Complete Specs of the system if it helps at all:

MSI Z97 Gaming 9 mATX MoBo
Intel Core i7-4790K CPU
G.SKILL Ripjaws Trident X DDR3 2400
Sapphire TOXIC Radeon R9 280x 3GB Video Card
Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (BOOT)
Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD (DATA)
EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G2 PSU




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#1
July 5, 2014 at 10:49:38
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"What am I doing wrong?"

Allowing automatic updates from Microsoft, that's what you're doing wrong mate.
Disable them as soon as you have completed a Windows installation, they account for more problems than anything else in my experience.

If you need any specific updates from Microsoft, do it manually.

As long as you have a reliable third-party firewall installed (and antivirus of course) you don't need all those never ending security updates from Microsoft. Don't use IE either, use some other browser like Google Chrome which doesn't incorporate ActiveX.

Only use IE when you need to visit the Microsoft updates website (since that requires ActiveX).

For more than 15 years I've always disabled automatic updates on all my Windows installations and never once had reason to regret it.

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#2
July 5, 2014 at 10:56:38
I am vehemently anti-IE. The very first thing I installed was Chrome. IE is best used to install Chrome to replace it. I kept figuring there was something deeper or more complicated that I wasn't doing right. The obvious solution of "Stop letting Microsoft push software to your machine" alluded me. Thank you. I will try that.

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#3
July 5, 2014 at 11:00:06
Question...

Is there ANY chance that I can simply roll back or uninstall the last updates without having to completely reformat and re install again??? I would love to not burn another 6 hours of my Saturday...


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#4
July 5, 2014 at 13:21:40
"I am vehemently anti-IE"

I am vehemently anti-Chrome. I don't understand the attraction to a program that tracks every move you make & is reportedly tied in to the NSA? There are plenty of other options.

"Using Firefox and DuckDuckGo is a very small step toward keeping the intimate details of your life further away from spying eyes. But nothing short of Internet reform will truly protect your data."

http://www.dailyprogress.com/opinio...

As for your main problem, it might be that you're partitioning & formatting in advance. When you boot off the Win7 disc to do the install, do you repartition & format again & allow the 100-200MB system partition to be created? or do you just accept the pre-created partition?

Personally, I've never had a problem installing Windows Updates, however, I choose what & when. I suggest that you change the Update settings so that you're in control, not Microsoft.

http://www.sevenforums.com/attachme...

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#5
July 5, 2014 at 13:25:07
You need to play around in the bios, AHCI mode is for your rig, probably the best setting.

Switching SATA from IDE Compatibility mode to AHCI in Windows
http://www.dognmonkey.com/techs/fix...
http://forums.vr-zone.com/troublesh...
http://forums.pcper.com/showthread....
http://www.askvg.com/how-to-change-...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanc...


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#6
July 5, 2014 at 13:27:09
riider,
You are always beyond helpful and it's appreciated. Yes, during the install, I use the delete and make new partition options to let Windows make its own partitions (including the 100mb+ one). I had just been doing the separate process after the 2nd and 3rd install failures. Thanks for the heads up though.

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#7
July 5, 2014 at 13:28:21
How to Uninstall a Windows Update in Windows 7 and Windows 8
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...

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#8
July 22, 2014 at 04:32:54
After all the great advice here, one of the many Windows Updates was the kicker. I turned Automatic Updates off as instructed and the system has worked fine since. Minus a completely unrelated issue in another thread. Thanks Guys!

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