I have what may appear as a... strange situation with my computer.
I have a thread on a different forum here that explains the situation.
Here is the link, it will prove helpful:
(Don't let the thread name confuse you, as it really isn't a malware problem anymore )
I have an unbootable Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit machine.
Now, the thing is really unbootable. I tried safe mode and all other options in the advanced boot options. All lead to a quick BSOD when the loading bar freezes up during the OS startup.
I also tried using the Vista CD to attempt the StartUp repair, though it does not work. I believe it attempts to run a system restore during that process (the logs are in the other post).
Somehow, there is an error on system restore, and it cannot be completed successfully. I did try the system restore option on the Vista CD, though same outcome. So I believe a system restore is out of the question.
I traced the problem to be bad drivers that were installed on the Windows Update.
The bad thing is, I never really installed these updates on my computer (for maybe... 3 or 4 or so years ) and in turn, sheltered myself from the Service Pack 2 update.
When I decided to install SP2 is when I had this problem.
Sorry if this may seem unorganized and a lot of information to digest, but I believe the best option for me is to transfer all my files (they are still there!) to another hard drive and do a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate (hey... since I have a CD, and my dad has a serial key from his MSDN subscription )
Thanks for taking your time to read my situation.