HP Media Center Desktop PC M8400F I would give other spec's but I'm almost 100% positive none of them are going to assist in a solution to my problem.
1.) Bought System Recovery disc's from HP...
2.) Backed up all files on external 500 GB Seagate FreeAgent Desktop hard drive
3.) Popped in disc 1 switched boot priorities to boot from CD drive
4.) followed steps...reformatted windows installation partition
5.) let it do it's thing...formatting and reinstalling original files
6.) at end says you should do these things after you get back into windows etc etc update security stuff etc I click Finish system reboots.
7.) Loads Hp logo etc ...."Windows Loading Files" with white progress bar on bottom...then motion bar "Microsoft Corporation"
8.) Pops up with a background showing a computer with a CD with binary numbers floating around the CD (01010101) with a wand pointed at the middle hole in the CD...title in the background reads "Flex Build 2.0" "HP Restricted"
9.) There is a cmd window that pops up entitled startnet.cmd I researched a bit found out that I THINK it's in the Window's PE mode (Preinstallation Environment)
10.) loads some text up onto the cmd ...some things it said were...ModeExecution BuildPartition....calling maestro...Searching for USER partition....
11.)After waiting for a couple of seconds...it changes from that to a completely new screen with a grey background http://www.sunyit.edu/images/scp7.jpg
it has two folders and the paper transfer animation and that's it...I had to go to work and left it running for my 4 hour shift thinking it will do what it needs to do by the time I get back I get back it's the same screen...so I thought well I'm screwed at this point...nothing would take 4 hours...not to mention the harddrive activity light didn't even show signs of activity just a steady blink blink blink every 2 seconds...
My goal is to get vista back onto this computer and get it working like normal again...the system recovery discs I only ordered to avoid issues with not having the proper drivers for the computer...seeing as these are formatted differently than say a regular ole Vista 32 bit OEM disc...it might not be doing the same things...so my last solution in my opinion would be to buy a normal vista disc and then obtain all the drivers for the system and upload them via jumpdrive...
But so far I'm lost...any help would be greatly appreciated...if any other info is needed just post...and I'll do what i can do get it on here.