Since then I've gotten my hands on a recovery disc for this computer. Before installing windows again I figured I'd do a full format. 7 hours later it was stuck at 44%. So turned it off tried it again, same result. I deleted the partition all the windows files were on and tried to fomat again, same result.
No matter what i do I still get the same result. I thought about it a bit and though possibley the problem between the formatting and the orginal problem could be linked to a bad HDD. Figured before I lay out 60 bucks for a new HDD, I'd get a second opinion (3rd, 4th, and 5th opinions welcome).
Intel Celeron M 1.4 ghz
RAM - 768 MB (DDR333)
I pulled the HDD after this to check the specs on that: