I would like you to try for an extra copy your music files if you can...
Boot into Puppy and navigate to your Windows hard drive it will probably be called sda1 and you should see the folder structure there...... your music files should normally be at C:\Users\User\Music......(often your computer will be set up to show your name in the last bit rather than user so it could be something like;
C: User\peter\Music...... or the name may be something like, valuable client or main user....
see if you can get to your Music folder this way, and copy it off to a memory stick/flash drive or external hard drive. let me know if this works for you....
if you can't get it to work then maybe we can try and rebuild some of the areas on your hard drive that have been damaged and that are preventing windows from starting, before we do the restore to factory. However before we could do that we would need you to locate a Win 7 64 bit installation or repair disc,( to be able to boot into the Windows recovery environment) so have a final scout around just in case you can find someone who will lend it to you for a few minutes... if you can borrow the Win 7 disc then we can probably get to a command prompt that may allow us to fix things. Also here are the instructions:
on using bootrec to repair damaged items that may be stopping your computer from starting up. So it is worth while phoning around to see what you can dig up...... As an alternative HP will often sell you a disc for around $30 or less, so that may be well worth considering The phone number for the USA is:
800-407-4005 and here's the link:
Here's another link for ordering the disc online:
If you still can't lay your hands on one then we shall have to go direct to try the factory restore....
I do not have a data sheet for your particular model of HP computer but a lot of HP machines have a special HP menu accessible when you first start the machine... often its tapping the Esc key once per second ( Immediately on pressing the power on button) on your laptop with the Puppy disc removed from the computer and placed in a safe place in its paper or plastic case for protection against scratches etc.
Edit by paws: the key to enter the recovery menu is F11, tap it once per second immediately after pressing the power on button from a cold start (Puppy disc removed etc)
Hopefully this will take you to a short menu with just a few items, look for something like restore to factory and use that....