I have a Dell Inspiron 530S 64 bit system with Vista home edition installed. Everything was working fine until i encountered a windows explorer crashing and restarting loop due to a thumbnail on a folder located on my desktop. I have experienced this problem before in a sub folder and was able to stop the problem but changing off thumbnails and deleting the problem file. This was the first time i encountered it on the desktop. Consequently when the computer loaded, the folder would load thus initiating the cycle and locking me out from any operations to the point where i could only manually turn off the computer. Thinking i could solve it, i decided to take the hard drive out and install it as a secondary drive to delete the problem folder. I did so on an identical Dell Inspiron 530S 64 bit computer with Vista that i have access to. I was able to delete the folder when when i reinstalled the hard drive Windows wont load as described above. I double checked the the hard drive doesnt have a problem being recognized as a drive with all my info on it but windows wont load when used as a primary drive now.
I hope you can provide some assistance. I do not have any windows vista recovery disks to try but i did run a quick diagnostic from the utility partition and nothing was discovered. I also tried reseating the ram and still nothing.
*Update: I have a recovery/repair disc but have not tried using it since i am waiting for advice before i do so.
Thanks in advance