The laptop will not boot in any mode. So, I got into the System Recovery options via F8 Repair my Computer.
I've tried all of the options, including running rstrui.exe from the command prompt, but all of these either freeze or say no restore point available.
I ran diagnostics and these suggest a hard drive issue (error code 2000-0142 status 79)
I have the backup and recovery DVDs I created when setting up the laptop.
I've managed to xcopy all of the user files to DVDs, so now just want to do a factory restore or just restore windows OS. The laptop was not supplied with the Windows OS CD/DVD.
If I need to replace the hard drive, how would I go about reinstalling Windows?
Grateful for any help people can offer.
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Thanks for the tips.
Further rooting about had revealed that there is some corruption in the registry. May be connected with the suspect hard drive diagnostic.
I've found a large .WIM file, which I assume is a Windows image, so I'm downloading the Windows AIK to DVS, but not holding out much hope of that doing the job.
It's out of warranty, sadly.
Let me know how that goes however I think the new hard drive and a clean install of windows will be the best course of action.