Hello all. I just yesterday got done building my system and am running into BSOD's when trying to set up Windows 7 Ultimate. The BSOD appears after the, "windows is preparing set up for first time use" or during. The furthest I can get if it does not BSOD before then is the Activation Key. After entering it in and pressing enter it will BSOD. Have not gotten past that yet.
Here is my build:
Corsair HX850W PSU
i5 2500k CPU
Asus P8Z68-V PRO MOBO
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600 2x2gb (PC312800) RAM
I'm using the integrated graphics until I can afford a couple GTX 560ti's
I actually tried to do the whole, use 1 stick at a time and still got the BSOD with each stick. I also ran memtest86+ all night and came back with zero errors.
I noticed my HDD is actually only a 1.5gb/s and my mobo only has connections for 3.0gb/s and 6.0gb/s. I wasn't sure if this could be causing stability issues with windows or not. As the name of the thread reads I can boot just fine into ubuntu and not run into any problems whatsoever. I would be satisfied with that but I built this machine for gaming..
It's definitely a hardware problem. My first guess would be mobo, and then the ram, then the hdd. Seeing as there is no way to test the memory since you can't get into windows, you should remove one stick of ram if you have two, if it still bsod's, replace that stick and try the other. If that doesnt fix it, rma the board, that is, if it isnt the hdd.
Did you try turning off AHCI mode for the sata controller in BIOS? There should be a setting for compatible or IDE mode. Windows 7 is pretty good about picking up newer sata controller drivers but I have seen a few that it does not recognize out of the box.
I think that extremepcs coulda have fixed my problem. However here is what I did!! I ran to work to see if I could get another HDD I wanted one that was exactly identical and any other one they could spare.. I got that and tried the one that was identical.. Same error.
I then tried a much older 80gb Sata HDD and to my surprise windows installed and started up and has not hiccuped once!!
I really don't know for sure what the issue was AND I GREATLY APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU ALLS HELP!! So many great answers, unfortunately I can only choose one.
Just a heads up for people with an issue like mine.. RMA'ing the mobo should be a VERY VERY LAST RESORT. Even when you think you've tried everything just try again. I understand I got pretty lucky in this case, but I know how much trouble it is to RMA a mobo right after installation..