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Cannot boot from Windows 7 installation DVD

My Windows 7 system will not boot, and there is a screen stating that Windows could not start due to a recent hardware of software change, and that the bootloader was missing or corrupt. When I attempt to boot from the Windows 7 installation DVD, there is a progress screen showing that Windows is loading files, and then another error that Windows cannot start, and instructing me to insert the installation disc.   Status: 0x0000098.  I have never encountered this when attempting to repair Windows 7 with the installation disc.
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athomsfereCommented:
Sounds like a hardware failure to me, have you downloaded and ran the Hard Drive's diagnostic utility? I would start there.
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your comment.  I was able to boot from a Universal Boot CD, so the DVD drive is OK.  That Boot CD has a HDD diagnostic utility which scanned the hard disc containing the active partition, and the result was OK.   The main issue is that the installation DVD does not boot to its main menu after loading files.
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Raymond PengSystems EngineerCommented:
Do you have another Boot DVD - try reburning the bootable ISO if you have one available or borrow the dvd from a friend.  Just so we can confirm it's not the disc.

what are your BIOS options for Storage options?  Is it set to IDE / AHCI / RaID?  Try setting it to IDE if it's not.
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your comment.   I have a different boot DVD, and it produces the same result.  Both boot DVDs boot correctly with another system using the identical motherboard, processor and combo optical drive.   I haven't checked the BIOS option for the SATA DVD drive yet, but here is a quetion:  If the screen shows "Windows is loading files", doesn't that indicate that the system is booting from the DVD?  And if so, why doesn't it present the DVD menu page after loading files?
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
Eventually there was no POST on reboot.  Replacing a memory module restored full function.  Thanks for all comments!
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