Got an HP laptop running Vista. Just hangs when loading Windows at the point where you have the bar going left to right and "Microsoft Corporation" on the black screen. I don't know what caused this.
Not interested in saving anything on the laptop, only making a clean install of windows and set computer up with clean slate.
Feels like I have tried everything. Got a recovery DVD from HP, in safe mode, loads as far as
From safe mode, tried The Last Known Good Configuration. Still hangs.
From safe mode with command prompt, have gone into system restore. Have system resore points from last 2 months. These are not sorting problem, still hanging. The system restore not working was very disappointing.
The problem I am having is exactly the same as this guy.
It doesn't say if he ever got it sorted.
So, my thread here is to ask two things
a) anybody know of anything else to try?
b) seeing as I don't care about losing all data on laptop, just how do I "scrub" it clean so that I can actually load windows again from scratch from my recovery DVD? Could I format the hard disk? Is it possible to reformat the hard disk without actually being able to go into windows?