Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. status: 0xc0000001

Waddup peeps,

I have got a problem that I have been trying to solve for about a week.
On my ASUS X540SA (Originally Win10 installed),

RAM: 4096 MB;
BIOS Vendor: American Megatrends;
BIOS Version: 207;
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU N3050 d 1.60GHz

I had Kali Linux installed. After some time I wanted Windows 7, so I downloaded an iso image and created a bootable USB drive. I popped it in and after the windows files loaded I got a BSOD. It said:

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A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check to be sure you have adequate disk space. If a driver is identified in the Stop message, disable the driver or check with the manufacturer for driver updates. Try changing video adapters.
Check with your hardware vendor for any BIOS updates. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup options, and then select Safe Mode.
Technical information:
*** STOP: 0x0000007e (0xFFFFFFFFC0000005, 0x0000000000000000, 0xFFFFF880009A8E58, 0xFFFFF880009A86B0)
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I have already tried the following:
•      Restarted
•      Install FreeDOS and then tried to install Windows 7 again

So after I had installed FreeDOS and afterwards trying to install Windows 7, the windows files loaded and there was no BSOD, but the following message appeared:

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Windows Boot Manager
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. choose your language settings, and click "next"
3. Click "Repair your computer."
If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

File:windows/system32/boot/winload.exe

status: 0xc0000001

Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.
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Thanks a lot for taking your time to help me out here. I hope y’all can find a solution.
Jannik BerndtAsked:
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JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes, correct. Microsoft licensing agreements and CPU design now prevent Windows 7 downgrades and installations on new computers.

Windows 7 will get security updates only until the end of next year but it is as good as dead for new computers.
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JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
On my ASUS X540SA (Originally Win10 installed),

Is this a new computer and did it come with Windows 10 pre-loaded?  If so it may not even run Windows 7 and that is the error you are getting.
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Jannik BerndtAuthor Commented:
Yes it did. So can I never install windows 7 on it?
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Jannik BerndtAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome. Sorry about the bad news but that is now what is happening.
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