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I really like Windows 8 for my HTPC, but after installing it 3 times with 2 ISos I downloaded from different places and then a few days later crashing over and over to the blue screen and giving me error code 0x000021a is making me give up on it until SP1.

Have any of you guys found a fix for it or ran into this problem? I just tried to reinstall and now it wouldn't even let me reinstall. I got error saying non page file failed. I hope I haven't killed my new SSD.

I just want to see if there is any fix or just go back to Win 7 because all I've found from google was that the fix to it was either roll back to Win 7 or install Win 7 and then upgrade. But that will take 2 keys. By the way I'm using the MSDNAA key to install it and ISO and I also tried the ISO that I downloaded fater getting another key with a new laptop purchase.
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Right from the M$ mouth:

The STOP 0xC000021A error occurs when either Winlogon.exe or Csrss.exe fails. When the Windows NT kernel detects that either of these processes has stopped, it stops the system and raises the STOP 0xC000021A error. This error may have several causes. Among them are the following:
Mismatched system files have been installed.
A Service Pack installation has failed.
A backup program that is used to restore a hard disk did not correctly restore files that may have been in use.
An incompatible third-party program has been installed.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/156669

Do you have any third party programs installed that are running on startup?
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Another thing that I am thinking is if you burned three different dvds with the same dvd burner, it could just be burning the DVDs incorrectly.

You could try building a bootable upgrade USB and running it from there.
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Another thing that I am thinking is if you burned three different dvds with the same dvd burner, it could just be burning the DVDs incorrectly.
You could try building a bootable upgrade USB and running it from there.

I should try burning an Iso from work then. The things running at start up would be the ASUS Xonar app and AV. I did read that it might be hardware incompatibility or app. But the first time it happened it worked one day and the other didn't. Next day it worked again, but the next day it didn't work again.
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I would prefer if you used the usb drive (if you had one). The other issue with the DVD thing is that you could just have a bad batch of dvds. I have had this cause me endless frustrations before rolleyes.gif
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