Installing Windows 8.1 on brand new PC - BSOD during installation

Just built a new PC and, for some reason, Windows 8 is having a hard time installing. As a matter of fact, in many cases I can only see the Windows 8 logo (when booting up from disc), and that's about as far as it goes before it gets to an error.

However, I can install Windows 7 just perfectly fine without any issues. Any idea why this might be? Is there something I need to configure in my bios?

Here's the barebone kit that I just put together: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8680927&tab=7&SRCCODE=WEBLET03ORDER&cm_mmc=Email-_-WebletMain-_-WEBLET03ORDER-_-Deals&utm_source=EML&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=WEBLET03ORDER&cm_lm=alton.jx@gmail.com

The error that I get is something along the lines of "Your PC had an error..." and then it reboots. It reboots too fast for me to read the rest of it. The background is blue.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. try to reset your bios to optimal defaults then try it again.
  2. BradleyJames said:
    when you enter the win 8 instal l screen, try to format and delete partitions on the hard drive you are trying to install from, there may be a small partition causing issues with booting.

    does it even get to the instalation screen or does it blue screen before ?

    the only other thing i can think of is that your motherboard is a little bit older, you may need to update the bios to support win 8.
    i actuallly think thats the problem now that i looked at your hardware


    It doesn't even allow me to get to the partition window... It did for about 2-3 times, and then it blue screen'd shortly after that. If you don't mind me asking, do you know what part of my hardware isn't supported by Windows 8.1?
  3. Weird, it looks like it's going now all of a sudden. I'll try your solution and post back if it screws up or gets through.

    Thanks for your suggestion.
  4. im pretty sure your motherboard bios doesnt support win 8.1, you will need to update that
  5. i have also seen a problem similar when a friend built a new pc and put one of the motherboard stand offs in the wrong spot, grounding out the motherboard.

    also check that one of the tabs of your motherboard backplate isnt in a usb port or something like that
  6. Mmkay... I'll install Windows 7 for the time being, and see if there's a firmware update available.

    Thanks, and I'll post back with results soon.
  7. Thanks for your suggestion, Bradly. Considering Windows 7 installs just perfectly fine, I don't see how any physical issues would only cause Windows 8.1 to not install successfully. I double checked just in case though, but still no go.

    Also, I've tried to reset the BIOS back to its defaults, but still getting an error.

    "Your PC needs to be repaired.

    The operating system couldn't be loaded because the kernel is missing or containing errors.

    File: \windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
    Error code: 0xc0000098

    You'll need to use the recovery tools on your installation media. If you don't have any installation media (like a disc or USB device), contact your system administrator or PC manufacturer."
  8. make sure to do that, im curious how it turns out
  9. is this a "clean install" or just upgrade to newer version of windows?

    i couldnt do the upgrade when i switched for some reason and had to do the clean install
  10. BradleyJames said:
    make sure to do that, im curious how it turns out


    Sounds great. Will do.
  11. BradleyJames said:
    is this a "clean install" or just upgrade to newer version of windows?

    i couldnt do the upgrade when i switched for some reason and had to do the clean install


    Doing a clean install. This is the first time I've installed any OS on it. Now I just got another error code: 0xC000021A. It seems like this would be an error I'd see only after booting up on an installed version already. Sigh
  12. Well, it looks like it was just an issue with the way the memory sticks were installed.

    I had them installed in this type of order: 1,2,_,_. After switching it to 1,_,2,_, Windows 8.1 installed successfully.

    Thanks for the help!
  13. when you enter the win 8 instal l screen, try to format and delete partitions on the hard drive you are trying to install from, there may be a small partition causing issues with booting.

    does it even get to the instalation screen or does it blue screen before ?

    the only other thing i can think of is that your motherboard is a little bit older, you may need to update the bios to support win 8.
    i actuallly think thats the problem now that i looked at your hardware
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