Here's what I did:
- Popped in the media disc and booted from the CD drive.
- Pressed any key to proceed with Windows setup
Here's what happened:
- The text string at the bottom of the Windows setup screen (blue and empty) flashes what the PC is doing - DLLs, Kernels, etc.
- The text string gets as far as saying "windows is starting" (this is still on the blue screen, not the typical windows startup screen), and then that is as far as it gets.
Multiple attempts produce the same result. I have tried other media discs to see if my CD was just bad and I get the same result with all. My past experiences with reinstalling windows have all been smooth sailing. I just boot from CD and let it take the rest.
Is there another way in which I can reformat my HD to get rid of the problem and then start fresh with the windows CD?