I was in a local computer shop and the guy who runs the place told me someone had dropped off a broken laptop, and it still had a working hard drive and had Windows 7 on it. I know the guy really well, so I know it's a legitimate copy. He sells me the hard drive and I have the CD key for the OS.
Fast forward to now, I stick the HDD into my computer, and change around the boot sequence. I get the Starting Windows message, and then it freezes, and says that there has been a change to hardware and that I have to do a system repair. I go to the system repair, and I let it run for about an hour. At the end, it tells me it failed, and to try to run Windows normally. So I do, and it freezes again at the Starting Windows message, and I get the same message.
I honestly don't know what to do. I mean, how do I approach fixing this solution, without a disk? My knowledge pertaining to this sort of thing isn't really too great, so I don't know how to proceed.
EDIT: Basically it's the start up repair loop.
Please tell me if I'm leaving out some crucial information or something, because I feel as though I am. Thanks!
Edited by Gtracer, 27 October 2011 - 09:26 PM.