I recently built my first computer, which, even after all the problems I've been having over the last few weeks, I'm really excited about. So, here's the problem: I've been trying to install Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit on the computer. It will hang at certain steps such as "Installing updates" and "Setup is updating registry settings." I've spoken with Microsoft extensively about the issue and after a 7 hour phone call, the technician said he thinks it's probably a bad disk. So, Microsoft sent me a new disk for free (I thought that was awesome)
Now, when I got the disk, I immediately ran upstairs and tried it. Same problem. It hangs at certain steps. I've had three steps that it stopped working at. First is installing updates. I haven't left it there for an extended period of time, but after sitting there for 30 minutes to an hour, I figured it was not going to do anything. Next we having "Setup is updating registry settings." It will hang there and just go to a black screen. Finally we have completing installation. I haven't reached this step with the new hard drive, but I've only tried installing it three times on the new one, so it could just be it froze at a different step. Anyway, it would hang there without the three progressing dots. Then, I left it there and came back from dinner only to see a message that said "Setup cannot continue due to a corrupt installation file..." That is when I figured the hard drive was corrupting the files because of a bad sector, but that's obviously not the problem because it still doesn't install.
I read many pages including several from this forum that had said that the memory timing, voltage, and frequency could be the problem. So, I went into the BIOS to find that my memory was defaulted to 1333mhz when it's rated for 1600mhz. Thinking that I had finally solved the problem, I switched that to 1600mhz ( I have also tried using X.M.P so that's not the issue). Again, same problems.