Custom Gaming PC, Tech Specs:
Motherboard: ASUS Tek P8Z77-V PRO | Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 CPU @ 3.10GHz
Graphics Card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 550 Ti
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB | RAM: 2x 4GB, 1600kH, DDR3
CD Drive: ASUS DVD+R | USB Wired Mechanical keyboard | USB Wired Razer mouse
--Built circa 2012, used semi-regularly for about 1 Year. Brought out of storage Mid-October 2020.
I have the Windows 7 x64 DVD, as well as a Win10 USB Boot option I was able to configure on my Mac laptop, after all this happened.
My friend helped me pick out parts for a gaming PC, built it by himself, dropped it off at my place. That was 8 years ago.
My computer was installed with Windows 7 x64. After getting it started recently and re-downloading some old Steam games onto it, it worked fine and I could game as needed. Decided upgrading to Windows 10 was probably a good idea.
After downloading Windows 10 from the official website and following the steps provided to the best of my ability, I restarted my PC as instructed. The computer restarted a few times as expected, but eventually froze. I tried working with Systems Recovery Tools, but couldn't consistently get there, and the things I tried were ultimately not successful. The computer kept freezing and seemingly random points. I changed the BIOS settings several times. Nothing I did seemed to steer the boot up process toward Windows 10 in any way, coming up with Windows 7-style interfaces, but never my desktop where I could get to MSConfig.
After a while I figured a fresh install of Windows 7 was the best solution. Even with my goal changed, my alterations within BIOS couldn't even get me to any choosable options. I would more often than not freeze on the "Windows is loading files..." screen. I was able to start in Safe Mode once, and I attempted to restart with a fresh boot off of my Windows 7 DVD. I must have done something wrong, because this did not work.
The Problem (TL;DR):
I can now ONLY access the BIOS screen and make changes there. No matter what options I change, my computer freezes at some point during the "Windows is loading files..." screen.
What are my options? This started with what seems like a software problem, I would think the solution is the same.
I haven't tinkered with a PC like this before. I have 6 years worth of troubleshooting experience from my work, so I thought I could handle it, but I guess I was wrong.