I have a nasty feeling I'm unaware of some law of the universe that I should have taken into account here.
I had an old PC. I bought Win 7 for it, installed. Turns out my motherboard doesn't have Win 7 drivers available, resulting in funky power supply issues across all peripherals (a roll of the dice if the thing boots or not). Obvious solution: use as an excuse to buy a new motherboard, requiring a new processor and more memory. I kept the GPU, HDD and PSU (capacity well over load, not cheap).
Now I have an i3 (Intel Core i3 2120) system. Everything lights up just fine, except booting Windows only goes as far as the first few frames of the logo animation. Then it terminates, reboots, and loads up the "there seems to be something wrong" boot screen. I tried the recovery start-up, it couldn't identify or fix anything. It doesn't give me options to do anything else.
Known issue: the mobo doesn't have an IDE slot so I couldn't plug in my DVD drive.
Possible issues that spring into mind:
- Windows doesn't like the amount of change in the system. It doesn't say anything to the effect, though.
- I can't use a 32-bit Windows on the 64-bit system. I did think about this but thought I would only miss out on the benefits of the 64-bit architecture, I thought it was supposed to be backwards compatible regardless?
- The missing DVD drive is somehow jinxing the load-up. I turned it off the boot sequence in BIOS, no effect.
The only thing I think I can still do is get an adapted to connect my DVD drive and see if a disc boot works any better.