Win 10 (Anniversary Update) will not boot with Radeon R9 installed

  1.    07 Nov 2016 #1

    Win 10 (Anniversary Update) will not boot with Radeon R9 installed

    Windows 10 (Anniversary Update) will not get past the splash screen with a Asus AMD Radeon R9 290 fitted.

    I spent 3 days trying to install the Anniversary Update so that I can play Forza Horizon 3 as it will not even install without it.
    In the end I took all the cards out of my system and disconnected all peripherals and used the on-board intel graphics. I did a fresh installation of Windows 10 Anniversary and it finally installed okay. I added the hardware back 1 by 1 and in the end Windows gets stuck at the splash screen when I have the Radeon R9 installed. I installed the drivers but it still just gets stuck at the splash screen, with no revolving circle, and will not boot with the Radeon R9 installed. When I take out the Radeon and use the on-board intel card it will boot ok.

    I can boot from my other SSD which is pre
    Anniversary Update and everything works fine with the Radeon R9 installed.

    I have no idea what to do next. Any help is appreciated.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    09 Nov 2016 #2

    When I try installing the Anniversary Update it just keeps 'restoring to previous version' and will not update. If I remove the R9 290 and try again the update will go through. If I then install the R9 and boot, Windows gets stuck with 'frozen rotating dots' even if I leave it there for hours.
    A fresh installation on a different SSD (disconnect other drive) from an Anniversary Win10 boot DVD is much the same. Fails install with the card but ok without it.
    I have tried safe mode, which is a bit hit and miss, but when I try to install Radeon drivers without the card installed (signed and non-signed i.e. Hotfix drivers) in safe made I get an error that is linked to the new driver signed enforcement model. I then disable safe boot in the BIOS but it still happens.
    I am pretty sure I have installed the latest Radeon without the card installed in normal boot on the fresh installation but it then stops and the rotating dots like it did when I tried updating my existing installation then put the card back and booted.
    I have looked at the logs in the event viewer on several occasions and cleaned the files and tried again but there is nothing relevant to the Radeon card or drivers that I can see.

    My System
    i5 3570k not overclocked (atm)

    OCZ SSD ARC100 480GB
    OCZ SSD ARC100 240GB
    Asus AMD Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC Graphics Card
    24GB RAM
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    13 Nov 2016 #3

    Whats your mobo as you have 24gb of ram i.e is that a Tri-Channel Ram slot board ?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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