Finally, I was able to get into Windows recovery. Yeah! I did a test, and it said all the hardware was good. I plugged in my external drive, which it found, and I tried to recover my data. It said it couldn't because it could not locate the c drive. So, in exhaustion, I tried to restore the whole thing to factory settings, but it couldn't do that either. Of course, when I bought it a year and a half ago, they did not include the Windows disk that I always got from other purchases in the past. I have a feeling this is what I need the most to repair the os.
That is what has happened so far. Below is my error message and codes I was able to find. Any help would be much appreciated, as I'm in the Air Force stationed in Cairo, Egypt, and the knowledge of Vista here is most likely very limited. I'm very nervous about taking it to a local repair shop. Thank you for your time.
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent further damage to your computer.
If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again,
follow these steps:
Diable or uninstall any anti-virus, disk defragmentation or backup utilities. Check your hard drive for
configuration, and check for any updated drivers. Run CHKDSK/F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart
STOP: 0x00000024 (0x00190444, 0x866663A0, 0xc0000102, 0x00000000)