I recently finished building a gaming computer and installed windows 8. I had too many issues with Win8 so I went out a purchased a new copy of Windows 7 Home and a new Corsair Neutron 125 GB SSD (wanted a larger capacity than my current one.) This all seemed pretty straight forward, but before I could use the drive for the OS I had to switch to IDE from AHCI in the BIOS. Finally after the install took on the drive and restarted I got a start up error that could not be fixed automatically, followed by a message saying the kernel is corrupt or missing. I did some research on the issue and tried to switch the boot order after the install finished but before the first restart this did not help at all. the only other thing that could be relevant is that my mobo has"2 BIOS that I can switch between (incase one is bricked I guess.) I do not have much experience working with BIOS so I am reluctant to try this.
I have installed windows 7 multiple times with none of these issues, but I am in no way an expert. Thanks in advance for the help.
on the ssd maker sure it has the newest firmware. make sure it on the intel sata port (6g) not the third party port if your mb has them.
set your port to achi not ide. on the motherboard make sure it has the newest ram and it set to xmp profile in the bios. if the windows install crashes. turn the pc off and take one dimm out to see if it a bad ram stick.