I have a decent PC (i7 2600, 16gb ram, SSD + 2HDDs, etc). I've been using it for about a year.
Since it's a work machine, in the last few weeks, I've been using VMware on it to use other experimental software, with no problems.
Today, I tried to create a new VM and the software asked me to update it to a new version. I did it, create new VM and rebooted to change a config in the Bios (about virtualization). But when I tried to boot again, surprise: BSOD.
When I got back to the BIOS, I found the boot order to be different. I fixed it but no good. I disconnected the other HDDs and all I got was a different boot error message. I plugged the SSD in another machine and it worked fine, so I guess it must be a MBR problem.
Anyone has a input on how I could fix this, please?
alexoiu, I've changed to IDE and I continue to get a BSOD. I suspect it was AHCI before.
looniam, I don't see any other changes. I've restored to the default anyway and the problem persists.
You said to connect to the functioning computer... how? I can't boot this machine in any way.
I can use the WIndows Repair tools, but it can't repair automatically. When in prompt, I can use bootedit and bootrec tools, but when I use bootrec /bcdrebuild, it fails to identify an existent Windows installation. Even when I rename/delete the bcd file.
Your SSD may have died, rare but it happens. Try pulling it out and connect to another computer, either with a usb enclosure or directly to SATA. If the other pc can read it I would check it with hdtune.
I turned off the other HDDs and then I didn't get the BSOD anymore but a MBR error message and I couldn't use the windows repair tool automatically anymore. I had to boot by the windows disk.
This way, the rebuildbcd command found the installation but it couldn't repair. After I used the DISKPART command to set the disk active, it worked. I managed to use the repair tool to fix the boot. I still got another BSOD but when I tried to boot again, in the boot menu, I chose "use last valid configuration" and it worked.
But Windows seems a little weird now, the start menu doesn't show the items in the left part and I can't edit the taskbar configurations. But what the hell.