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Laptop won't boot (Vista)

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I recently attempted to format my Vista Laptop (HP) due to a virus that just wouldn't budge (wish I had discovered these forums before attempting the format).

Now, when I switch the laptop on, all goes well until it reaches the 'Windows loading screen' (animated bar scrolling to the right with 'Microsoft Corporation' written underneath it). The laptop will not make it past this screen no matter how long I leave it, another thing is that the animated bar stutters every now and again as it scrolls across the screen.

I have attempted to start the laptop in safe mode with no success. The laptop won't make it past the 'Loading Windows Files' screen, with the last file loaded being '\Windows\system32\drivers\crcdisk.sys'.

Any advice on how to fix this issue is greatly appreciated.
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When you say you attempted a format do you mean you tried reformatting the hard drive entirely? or did you try a reinstall of vista? From what you are saying you will need to do a repair install of vista on the laptop. If you do not have a recovery disk(s) then you will need a Microsoft vista DVD to install the system.

Here's a good info site on a vista repair install.


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