I am unable to start Windows: troubleshooting virtual machine startup issues

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Before trying solutions described here, we recommend that you search for a solution with the error message you get when you start your virtual machine: kb.parallels.com

Parallels Desktop gives me an error message when I start my virtual machine, or nothing happens.

My Windows does not boot - it is stuck but I do not get an error message dialogue

Windows boots with a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)

Such errors are hardware- or driver-related, causing the virtual machine to stop responding in order to prevent damage to the hardware or data. Contact Microsoft for assistance: support.microsoft.com/kb/129845.

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