New MB, New HD, New sata DVD/CD drive, new ram, new PS.
I had an old copy of Windows 7 Ultimate I got off Ebay a couple of years ago, cheap. Looks new, shrink wrap, etc.
1. fire it up with the W7 disk in the drive and get 'Windows is loading files' with a status bar across the bottom of the screen.
2. After a few minutes, the Windows logo with the colorful little flag thingie comes on the screen.
3. Now, here's where it gets screwy...the computer restarts. It just powers down, then powers back up, and goes back to step 1.
I have repeated this about a dozen times...
I called MS support (and surprisingly got a live person in about 5 minutes). I gave them the product key, and was told I had a counterfeit. They refused to help me further, and referred me to a website where I might qualify for a legit copy. Since I don't have all the stuff they require to get a replacement copy, I'll probably have to pony up another $200+ bucks for W7.
Not all that surprised, really, about the counterfeit. Actually I think it's a developer copy.
Whatever....is the installation problem related to the counterfeit w7? It sounds more like as hardware problem to me, but I sure as hell don't know. Any ideas? What to do now?