CPU: Intel i5-7400
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B250M-HD3 Rev 1.0
SSD: Intel 540 Series 240GB M.2 SSD
RAM: Corsair 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2133
Spent the weekend building 4 NEW Workstations only to find out Windows 10 would not install and would stop at “Getting files ready for installation (xx%)”
It would stop anywhere from 3% to 77%.
I had initially thought it was a failed SSD M.2 Drive. Because I had 4 new workstations to build I was able to use hardware from the other system to test with.
Installed another SSD M.2 Drive and had the same results.
At this stage, I was suspecting it may be a mother board issue. Installed and Standard SATA SSD Drive and Windows 10 successfully installed.
Tested the installation on the other 3 workstations with the same results. Installation would stop at “Getting files ready for installation (xx%)”
Some other steps I had done.
- Flash BIOS to latest Version (F6)
- Changed many different settings in BIOS (SATA Settings)(Graphics RAM Size)
- Changed from installation from BIOS to UEFI
- Tried installation Windows 7 (Fail at the same stage, Expanding Windows Files (xx%))
- Different CPU – i5 6th Generation. This actually got a little further but still failed to install
- Single Channel RAM and Dual Channel RAM
- Memtest (ALL STICKS OF RAM PASS)
- Different brand PSU
- Different Wattage PSU (350/450/500)
- Use Intel 540 480GB SSD M.2 (Same failed results)
- Could not test with another branded m.2 drive
- Lots of Coffee
As of 24th May 2017 the issue still exist. I had to replace all M.2 Drive with Intel 540 Standard SATA SSD Drive and can confirm that works.
Also, I had built a similar system the week before, but using Gigabyte GA-Z270-HD3 Motherboard without any issues!