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Fresh Windows 7 install problems, BSOD and Windows updates issues

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February 24, 2014 12:38:42 PM

Built a new PC over the weekend and have been running into some problems. And I am in dire need of some help!

The problems:
Windows install goes smooth. Once it completes the first time setup and I am on the desktop it works for a few minutes. Then it BSOD. Its a quick BSOD so I am unable to view the error. I reboot, and it does not repeat the BSOD again (only happens once right after install) - This BSOD seems to happen no matter what I am doing shortly after the fresh install

I then install the motherboard and GPU drivers. All goes smooth.

I then go to Windows updates and try to update. (This is were the main issue occurs)

The Windows Update is able to "Check for Updates" and it finds 145 for me to install.
Next I select Download and install the updates and it begins the process of downloading and installing the updates.
-It freezes during the download, and forever loops at "x out of 145, x% complete"
-Sometimes it does actually download the updates, if so during the install it also freezes in the same manner.
-I have been able to download and install the updates once. I did the shutdown so it would configure the updates, and it froze when it got to 85 out of 145.


I understand this could be a hardware issue, but it could be any number of things so I thought I would start here. I have researched this and plan on doing a memtest to test my RAM, and using the SeaTools to test the SSD. I will also try using a different Windows 7. But I wanted to get my issue out there because I really can't find much info on it.

Thank you in advanced!!


EDIT: RAM was the issue, replaced it and I was able to update. Although I now have new problems.

New problem
So I replaced the RAM and it seemed like it worked. But now when I go to install other programs, the install sometimes never gets passed "initializing". I try to close the installer, but it doesn't close. I then force close the installer. If I then go try to install another program it gives me the error "Can't install because something else is installing". I then go to shut down my computer, and it gets to the "Shutting down" screen. Then never shuts down. I let it go for 10mins before I recieved a BSOD. The error was "power driver failure".
After this my computer fails to boot. I have to force shut down otherwise it stays at the windows screen. After the failed boot it makes me launch the repair that then has me reboot from a previous restore point.


Computer specs:
PSU: Corsair Gaming Series 700-Watt ATX/EPS Bronze ATX12V/EPS12V 696 Power Supply GS700
RAM: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600Mhz PC3 12800 Desktop Memory CMV8GX3M2A1600C11
MB: Asus Z87-A DDR3 1600 LGA 1150 Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ 6 MB Cache - BX80646I54670K
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)
SSD(Boot drive):Seagate 600 SSD 120 GB SATA 6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch 7mm Z-Height Solid State Drive ST120HM000
HDD(Storage): Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Bulk/OEM Hard Drive 3.5 Inch, 32 MB Cache, 7200 RPM
GPU: ZOTAC NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 AMP Edition OC 3GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card (ZT-70203-10P)
Optical: ASUS Blu-Ray Reader/ DVDRW Combo
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
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February 24, 2014 12:55:32 PM

Have you installed the drivers that came on the CD with the MB?

Yogi
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February 24, 2014 1:05:04 PM

Y0GI said:
Have you installed the drivers that came on the CD with the MB?

Yogi


Yes, thats the first thing I do (after the one BSOD).
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February 26, 2014 1:09:57 AM

I think it's an issue with the updates, as opposed to your system as I'm seeing the same problem.

Fitted an SSD on Monday and did a clean instal of Win 7 SP1 on there. Loaded the MB drives, then updated the graphics / sound card / etc drivers.

Windows updates brought back around 145 patches to be applied so I started them installing and got a BSOD after number 35 or so. Reverted the patches and then left them try to re-apply last night. This morning I could boot into Windows but got BSOD a few seconds afterwards, and have had to use a system restore to roll back because I couldn't uninstall the patches today for some reason.

My plan at the moment is to slowly install them one by one until I can work out which one is causing the issues, but that's likely to be a long slow process over several days so let me know if you find out what's causing the issue!
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February 26, 2014 9:45:21 AM

TomTomTac said:
I think it's an issue with the updates, as opposed to your system as I'm seeing the same problem.

Fitted an SSD on Monday and did a clean instal of Win 7 SP1 on there. Loaded the MB drives, then updated the graphics / sound card / etc drivers.

Windows updates brought back around 145 patches to be applied so I started them installing and got a BSOD after number 35 or so. Reverted the patches and then left them try to re-apply last night. This morning I could boot into Windows but got BSOD a few seconds afterwards, and have had to use a system restore to roll back because I couldn't uninstall the patches today for some reason.

My plan at the moment is to slowly install them one by one until I can work out which one is causing the issues, but that's likely to be a long slow process over several days so let me know if you find out what's causing the issue!


So I ran memtest86 on my system. My RAM is bad. Replaced the RAM and I was able to update. Although now I have more problems I've run into. So you may want to test your ram since you are having a very similar issue as I had, although you are getting more BSOD than I did.
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March 2, 2014 1:47:53 AM

Well, I managed to resolve my problem too - think it was just Windows being a bit stupid. I ended up manually installing around 10 of the earlier updates and then all the rest went through automatically like clockwork.

Thanks for the support, glad we both got it sorted in the end!
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