1. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       05 May 2016 #1

    New Motherboard/Fresh Windows 10 Install Problem After Reboot

    Hey everyone, so I just installed an MSI Z170A 1151 M3 motherboard with an i7 6700k CPU. I'm attempting to install Windows 10 pro x64 on an SSD and am running into a problem. The process goes something like this:

    Boot into BIOS
    Changed boot order to SSD > Flash Drive > Etc.
    Reboot > F11 > boot to USB drive
    Installation starts, I enter my license key, install get's to the point where it requires a restart
    Computer reboots, it boots to my SSD and I just get a black screen with nothing but the blinking cursor as so:
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    After the Windows 10 install reboot, should it be booting to the SSD or back to the flash drive? Anyone know if there are any special settings to check in the BIOS to disable, etc? Fast boot is disabled and BIOS is set to UEFI + Legacy. Whenever I go through the reinstallation process again, it's made about 4 partitions (recovery, etc).

    Anyone seen this before?

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  2. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,880
    Windows 10 Pro
       05 May 2016 #2

    It is supposed to reboot to the SSD. Try the F11 key again, and try each entry for the SSD, there will probably be two. One will start with UEFI (like UEFI hard drive or UEFI SSD), the other will probably be Windows boot manager or it might be hard drive or SSD without the UEFI in front of it.
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
    Tropic of Cancer
    Posts : 1,648
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       05 May 2016 #3

    If there is any other HDD that comes form an old system, remove/disconnect it. See how it goes.
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  4. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       05 May 2016 #4

    Thanks for the input, but I solved my problem!
    There's a feature in my motherboard to disable the graphical BIOS flash screen. I disabled this and it booted back into the Windows setup. I'm not exactly sure how it was interfering with the reboot process, but it worked. I also switched the BIOS to UEFI only.

    Issue solved!
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,880
    Windows 10 Pro
       05 May 2016 #5

    Onibot said: View Post
    I also switched the BIOS to UEFI only.

    Issue solved!
    That is probably what did it.
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  6. Joined : Nov 2013
    Posts : 4,288
    Win 10 Pro x64
       13 May 2016 #6

    You said you had 4 partitions after installation which means your HDD was formatted as GPT where switching to UEFI only is highly recommended. Great job sorting it out.
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