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Page fault in nonpaged area - New build BSOD's on Windows 10 installation

Hello, so I've just finished building a new PC last night and everything was fine until I reached the windows 10 installation step where the windows splash screen would load for 2 seconds and then proceeded to BSOD with the message "Page fault in non-paged area" and restart loop. My computer passed POST with no issues and even runs BIOS perfectly but Windows installation doesn't. All parts are new so I don't know what could be malfunctioning. I can't test anything in windows since I can't even install it. At this point I don't know if the issue is with the RAM or harddrive, GPU, or even drivers.

So far I've tried reseating the graphics card and the ram and hard drives. I've tested my 2 sticks of 4gb ram separately but nothing changes. I've run 12 passes of memtest with no issues. I've tweaked the ram timings and voltage to manufacturer specs. I've tried booting the windows usb stick from different usb ports. I'm at my wit's end, I'm not well versed in computers so detailed answers are appreciated.

Here are my specs:

MSI Z270 TOMAHAWK ARCTIC LGA 1151 Intel Z270
EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4GB GDDR5, DX12
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake Quad-Core 4.2 GHz LGA 1151 91W
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 Intel Z170
Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive
Seagate 2TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive
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  1. Remove a stick of RAM and test. If doesn't work swap it out for the other stick and try again. Could be a DIMM slot issue also so test each slot after the RAM is checked.
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  2. elbert said:
    Remove a stick of RAM and test. If doesn't work swap it out for the other stick and try again. Could be a DIMM slot issue also so test each slot after the RAM is checked.


    I've already tested each stick on each DIMM slot with no change, could it be a mobo issue then?
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  3. https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/Z270-TOMAHAWK-ARCTIC.html
    are you running the newest b3 bios. it fixes memory issues. if you are you may have bad cpu or bent pin under the cpu. new intel cpu the memory controller is part of the cpu.
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  4. Best answer
    cassandratu said:
    elbert said:
    Remove a stick of RAM and test. If doesn't work swap it out for the other stick and try again. Could be a DIMM slot issue also so test each slot after the RAM is checked.


    I've already tested each stick on each DIMM slot with no change, could it be a mobo issue then?

    Try diffferant motherboard sata port and cable. Could be due to a corrupt file caused by bad cable or port. Make another install USB to make sure it doesnt have a corrupt file.

    Try without the video card as it could also be the video card memory causing the issue.
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  5. smorizio said:
    https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/Z270-TOMAHAWK-ARCTIC.html
    are you running the newest b3 bios. it fixes memory issues. if you are you may have bad cpu or bent pin under the cpu. new intel cpu the memory controller is part of the cpu.


    Thanks I'll try and update the BIOs to B3 and see if that does it. . Although I doubt it's a bent pin since I checked before I installed it.

    Update: So I've updated my BIOS to B3 but sadly that didn't remedy it.
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  6. I tried removing the video card and booting but no difference, and then I used another SATA cable on another SATA port but it still didn't work. The windows USB stick was bought from windows themselves, it would be lame if they had a faulty one but I'll try and make another install USB to be sure.
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  7. in the bios turn off xmp profile set the ram to 2400 speed see if anything changes. also in the bios look at the 3 power rails make sure there holding. with over clocked ram you may have to bump the ram voltages.

    on the ssd and harddrive check to see if they have the newest firmware.
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  8. elbert said:
    cassandratu said:
    elbert said:
    Remove a stick of RAM and test. If doesn't work swap it out for the other stick and try again. Could be a DIMM slot issue also so test each slot after the RAM is checked.


    I've already tested each stick on each DIMM slot with no change, could it be a mobo issue then?

    Try diffferant motherboard sata port and cable. Could be due to a corrupt file caused by bad cable or port. Make another install USB to make sure it doesnt have a corrupt file.

    Try without the video card as it could also be the video card memory causing the issue.


    So it turns out the Windows USB stick I bought was faulty. Making my own install stick worked perfectly. Thanks for all the help
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