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Didn't exactly know where to post this but it's slightly relevant.

After fitting a new CPU cooler (Hyper 212+), I tried to start up and I'm getting an error code. Basically, when I try to boot into Windows, I get a screen saying that "Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause."

So, I can choose option 1 which is to repair my Windows install (launch startup repair) or option 2, which is to start Windows normally. If I choose option 2, the loading screen appears with no logo and cuts to a black screen until the computer shuts off after a range of about a minute to three minutes.

I've tried searching Google for an answer, but the only answer I've found specific to my problem was to try a fresh Windows install, which is out of the question because I can't find my Windows disc. :/

I've tried booting to a spare HDD with a Windows install but I get the exact same thing without the choice of any options.

Has anyone experienced the same problem, and if so, how did you fix it?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 10
Take your memory out and put it back in again. Maybe it got bumped.
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Okay, I tried your advice and it appears to have gone from bad to worse, now my monitor no longer detects any video input from my PC. I've double checked that the RAM is in properly and it is in the same slots as before.

Also, I should note that after a Google search I have found most people who had this error had also used Acronis or other drive cloning software. I used Acronis to clone my 160gb HDD to a new 1tb drive which worked fine, but my PC can't boot from the new drive or the old drive which is odd. The results I got from searching Google didn't reach a conclusive answer.
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to me both ofyour problems seem related to something getting loose in your case. my ssd comes loose when i fiddle with my case but my windows prompt will still come up like that because i have multiple drives and i guess some of the boot info is on my velociraptor. i'd check sata cables for the first issue. as for the second issue try making sure all your pci-e cables are connected properly and also try unplugging the pc and replugging it to do a cold boot.
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post #5 of 10
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Me and my friend have both double checked everything and everything seems to be in place. I've tried putting the HDD SATA into different slots on the motherboard to no success. And all that is connected by SATA is the only HDD and a DVD drive.

I've just tried replacing the graphics card and that hasn't solved the no input issue, which came about when I replaced the memory as joemaniaci suggested.
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Clearing CMOS fixed the "Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause." for me the one time it happened to me.
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Sorry pcnewb, already tried that too :<
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post #8 of 10
Maybe something is shorting after having installed your cooler? Try putting your old cooler back in and see if it works.
If nothing works, just unplug it, take everything apart (out of the case and all), and put everything back in securely, make sure everything that needs to be plugged in is plugged in, try at first with the old cooler.
If it works after taking everything out and putting it back in with the old cooler, re-install the new cooler and make sure all standoffs are where they should be, any protective washers are installed, etc.
post #9 of 10
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Okay, I've had everything out and replaced securely, double-checked all the connections, still won't work. Put the stock CPU cooler on, tried putting my memory in single and double slots, re-seated the CPU.

I noticed that it used to shut itself down after about 5 - 10 seconds if a keyboard wasn't attached while booting, it no longer does that and remains powered on regardless of weather a keyboard is attached or not. This also started around the time I couldn't get a video signal..

Sound like a busted motherboard, guys? :<
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got a RAID array?
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