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"Windows Failed to Start, a Recent Software or Hardware Change Might be the Cause" Error

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Yesterday I decided to finally fix up my computer, being my first build I did a few things wrong(fans, leds, cable management, etc). It was working fine, and I was just finishing up, after i had booted the computer once or twice to see if it was working and to look for some help online for some help with some of the installation. I closed up the system and tried to boot it, it seemed like it was going fine, but then once windows starting loading it gave me the error in the title. it gives me an option saying that windows could not load and asks me if I would like to repair or try to start windows normally, whichever one I did sent me to system repair, and after a while of searching for problems it just says it could not fix it and it had to be done automatically and just restarted the computer. It kept doing that each time, no matter how times I tried.

Unfortunately I lost my Windows 7 disk in a house fire a few months ago, I'd prefer to find a way to fix this without dealing with Microsoft or buying a new one.

I'm also wondering if this could be a hardware issue, and although this might not be the right section for it, maybe you guys could help me. The only thing I can remember doing after the boot was tightening the heatsink, so could I have done something wrong with the cpu? I also let my sscrewdriver slip and hit the Mobo. But, this doesn't seem like a mobo or cpu problem to me, because the computer can boot up and uefi still works perfectly.

I could supply you with pictures of the build if you need.
Thanks for any help I can get, this is really frustrating for me.
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1TB Seagate External CM 212 Plus Windows 7 Home Premium 22' Dell P2210 (x3) 
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Originally Posted by FatalBlur View Post

Yesterday I decided to finally fix up my computer, being my first build I did a few things wrong(fans, leds, cable management, etc). It was working fine, and I was just finishing up, after i had booted the computer once or twice to see if it was working and to look for some help online for some help with some of the installation. I closed up the system and tried to boot it, it seemed like it was going fine, but then once windows starting loading it gave me the error in the title. it gives me an option saying that windows could not load and asks me if I would like to repair or try to start windows normally, whichever one I did sent me to system repair, and after a while of searching for problems it just says it could not fix it and it had to be done automatically and just restarted the computer. It kept doing that each time, no matter how times I tried.

Unfortunately I lost my Windows 7 disk in a house fire a few months ago, I'd prefer to find a way to fix this without dealing with Microsoft or buying a new one.

I'm also wondering if this could be a hardware issue, and although this might not be the right section for it, maybe you guys could help me. The only thing I can remember doing after the boot was tightening the heatsink, so could I have done something wrong with the cpu? I also let my sscrewdriver slip and hit the Mobo. But, this doesn't seem like a mobo or cpu problem to me, because the computer can boot up and uefi still works perfectly.

I could supply you with pictures of the build if you need.
Thanks for any help I can get, this is really frustrating for me.

Can you get into safe mode (F8 while booting the computer and selecting safe-mode) ?

If you need an installation CD microsoft provides images you can burn (.iso) it's the CD-Key that really matters.

You can download them legally here.
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Can you get into safe mode (F8 while booting the computer and selecting safe-mode) ?[/URL]

Nope, still does the same thing everytime I try it.
2012 Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 3570k ASRock Extreme4 Z77  EVGA GTX 560Ti HyperX 8GB DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
1TB Seagate External CM 212 Plus Windows 7 Home Premium 22' Dell P2210 (x3) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G110 Rosewill Hive 750W Cooler Master HAF 912 Razer DeathAdder 
Mouse Pad
Razer Goliathus 
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2012 Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 3570k ASRock Extreme4 Z77  EVGA GTX 560Ti HyperX 8GB DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
1TB Seagate External CM 212 Plus Windows 7 Home Premium 22' Dell P2210 (x3) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G110 Rosewill Hive 750W Cooler Master HAF 912 Razer DeathAdder 
Mouse Pad
Razer Goliathus 
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Did you move you hdd/ssd to a different configuration (different motherboard maybe) ?
Do you get a flash of a blue screen maybe?

try again with the F8 but this time select "Disable restart on system failure" and look for a BSOD.
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