Re: HDD Crashed - no recovery media.
The diagnostics indicated a dead HDD- it's tossed out.
It's been replaced with a drive from a Toshiba laptop - it had Windows7 Home Premium, and loads fine.
Now I have issues with drivers, network connectivity, Windows legitimacy and so on.
If we use your F8 approach, will the different HDD cause issues? No problem if formatting the drive is required.