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IRQL error when trying to reinstall windows on SSD

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August 10, 2014 8:25:29 PM

I recently built my first PC - Intel i5 4460, MSI Z97 PC Mate, MSI R9 270x, Windows 8.1 64 bit installed on an SSD, a 1TB hard drive for games and other files.
I was playing a game when it suddenly crashed, alt-tab and ctrl-alt-delete didn't work so I rebooted. When it restarted, Windows would not load. I attempted to refresh, which finished then gave the error, "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL." It then restarted and gave an error saying that the refresh had been interrupted by the reboot. I tried refreshing once more, but had the same result.
I then tried to reset the SSD itself, however I got the same "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" error. It then rebooted again and gave the previous error message saying: "The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. Windows installation cannot proceed. To install Windows, click "OK" to restart the computer, and then restart the installation." I tried this a second time and got the same result.

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a c 496 * Windows 8
August 10, 2014 10:53:09 PM

ColorMeZesty said:
I recently built my first PC - Intel i5 4460, MSI Z97 PC Mate, MSI R9 270x, Windows 8.1 64 bit installed on an SSD, a 1TB hard drive for games and other files.
I was playing a game when it suddenly crashed, alt-tab and ctrl-alt-delete didn't work so I rebooted. When it restarted, Windows would not load. I attempted to refresh, which finished then gave the error, "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL." It then restarted and gave an error saying that the refresh had been interrupted by the reboot. I tried refreshing once more, but had the same result.
I then tried to reset the SSD itself, however I got the same "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" error. It then rebooted again and gave the previous error message saying: "The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. Windows installation cannot proceed. To install Windows, click "OK" to restart the computer, and then restart the installation." I tried this a second time and got the same result.

Error usually caused by corrupt driver or Windows Service, but would be concerned as to why it happened;. Possibly hardware, RAM GPU or SSD likely culprits. As I presume you have unsuccessfully tried to re-install Windows, try again but this time use Drive Options (Advanced) to delete all partitions to install to Unallocated Space.
If that fails to work, look for Hardware tests in your BIOS to check RAM, better still run Memtest86 from a CD/USB drive.
http://www.memtest.org/#downiso
Another option, run on only one stick of RAM at a time...
If install succeeds be aware of problems when you re-load drivers, esp. GPU...

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August 11, 2014 2:51:42 PM

dodger46 said:
ColorMeZesty said:
I recently built my first PC - Intel i5 4460, MSI Z97 PC Mate, MSI R9 270x, Windows 8.1 64 bit installed on an SSD, a 1TB hard drive for games and other files.
I was playing a game when it suddenly crashed, alt-tab and ctrl-alt-delete didn't work so I rebooted. When it restarted, Windows would not load. I attempted to refresh, which finished then gave the error, "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL." It then restarted and gave an error saying that the refresh had been interrupted by the reboot. I tried refreshing once more, but had the same result.
I then tried to reset the SSD itself, however I got the same "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" error. It then rebooted again and gave the previous error message saying: "The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. Windows installation cannot proceed. To install Windows, click "OK" to restart the computer, and then restart the installation." I tried this a second time and got the same result.

Error usually caused by corrupt driver or Windows Service, but would be concerned as to why it happened;. Possibly hardware, RAM GPU or SSD likely culprits. As I presume you have unsuccessfully tried to re-install Windows, try again but this time use Drive Options (Advanced) to delete all partitions to install to Unallocated Space.
If that fails to work, look for Hardware tests in your BIOS to check RAM, better still run Memtest86 from a CD/USB drive.
http://www.memtest.org/#downiso
Another option, run on only one stick of RAM at a time...
If install succeeds be aware of problems when you re-load drivers, esp. GPU...




Thanks for the help! I tried to use the drive options when installing again but my PC keeps giving the error message that it restarted unexpectedly during the installation. When I click OK, it reboots and gives the same error. I'm not sure if how to access the drive options from here
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a c 496 * Windows 8
August 11, 2014 10:19:08 PM

So, you never reach the 'Where do you want to install Windows' screen? Are you sure your PC is booting from the Installation Media? Presumably DVD...
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August 12, 2014 9:50:03 AM

dodger46 said:
So, you never reach the 'Where do you want to install Windows' screen? Are you sure your PC is booting from the Installation Media? Presumably DVD...


I recently tried updating my BIOS, which actually allowed me to reach the 'Where do you want to install Windows' screen. I deleted all the partitions on my SSD and HDD and tried to install Windows on the SSD again. It got partway through the installation and looked like it was going to work but it ended up giving the same IRQL error again.
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a c 496 * Windows 8
August 12, 2014 12:12:39 PM

ColorMeZesty said:
dodger46 said:
So, you never reach the 'Where do you want to install Windows' screen? Are you sure your PC is booting from the Installation Media? Presumably DVD...


I recently tried updating my BIOS, which actually allowed me to reach the 'Where do you want to install Windows' screen. I deleted all the partitions on my SSD and HDD and tried to install Windows on the SSD again. It got partway through the installation and looked like it was going to work but it ended up giving the same IRQL error again.

Have you tried checking out your RAM?
Also try re-seating your GPU...

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August 15, 2014 12:12:41 PM

dodger46 said:
ColorMeZesty said:
dodger46 said:
So, you never reach the 'Where do you want to install Windows' screen? Are you sure your PC is booting from the Installation Media? Presumably DVD...


I recently tried updating my BIOS, which actually allowed me to reach the 'Where do you want to install Windows' screen. I deleted all the partitions on my SSD and HDD and tried to install Windows on the SSD again. It got partway through the installation and looked like it was going to work but it ended up giving the same IRQL error again.

Have you tried checking out your RAM?
Also try re-seating your GPU...




I took out my RAM and now it's working. I think I must have just put it in wrong. Thanks!
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