Windows 7 boot loop on clean install


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Ok so I have this computer that I have been working with for awhile that is a new build. Upon completing the build I put in the Windows 7 Ultimate x86 disc to get it running. Well as soon as I did that it immediately started to install. After it gets done copying and unpacking the windows files it goes to the first reboot, normal so far. After the first reboot it comes back on and it is on "finishing installation" but then it reboots. Once it comes back on it says "Windows has shut down improperly please choose one of the following" and gives me the normal Safe mode, Safe mode with networking, etc. So I choose starts windows normally. When I choose that it immediately starts a boot loop and only disconnecting the power will stop that. I called Microsoft and spent a while on the phone with them for them to tell me the copy of Windows I just ordered was a pirated copy. Even though it was 100% original she told me it pirated because it was a MSDN copy not a retail copy and refused to give me any help because I was a consumer. So I tried a 64 bit copy of Ultimate and a 32 bit of Home Premium with the same exact issue. I have tried changing HD (from a 1Tb Western Digital to a 120GB Hitachi both SATA) I have tried 1 stick of Ram, 2 sticks, 3 stick and 4 sticks, no on board video so I have to use a video card. Here is the rest of the hardware.

Asus Crosshair IV Formula http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/Crosshair_IV_Formula/

AMD Phenom II 1090T Black (it's one of these two links, I don't remember which and bios doesnt tell me.) http://shop.amd.com/us/All/Detail/Processor/HDT90ZFBGRBOX?SearchFacets=category:Processor
http://shop.amd.com/us/All/Detail/Processor/HDT90ZFBK6DGR?SearchFacets=category:Processor

Corsair Dominator-GT ddr3 CMT4GX3M2A1866C9 (I know this ram is not on the motherboards supported list but it works with it underclocked, my dad got it because it matches the MB) http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6044639&CatId=4533

WD Caviar Black 1TB HD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

I did have an issue with the mb in the past. When I would turn it on I would go into the bios and it would say that the NB was at 99c and turn completely off when it hit 100c because that was the limit it had set for protection. The LED's on the board would indicate that the nb was not overheating at all but the bios would. I removed the heatsink and reapplied thermal pate and reset it and now it doesn't go above 80c which is still high but not enough for it to turn off.

Please any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Were the other copies of W7 either retail or upgrade?
Anyhow it sounds more like a hardware issue. To narrow it down though, can you try to run a Linux distro and see if you get to the desktop?
 
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The other copies were retail. Would Ubuntu work to try it out instead of Linux?
 
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The other copies were retail. Would Ubuntu work to try it out instead of Linux?
Yes Ubuntu is a Linux distro. Download the iso and burn to dvd using IMGBURN or similar program that will make it bootable . If all is working properly you can run it directly from the dvd. It'll run a little slow but at least you should be able to rule out a few things.(hardware issues)
http://www.imgburn.com/
 

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