I have a Gateway GT5628 Tower, that when turning on the PC it stalls with the progress bar and never finishes booting. I turn off and back on. and then start up repair ran. The results said "system volume on disk is corrupt" "repair action- File system repair (chkdsk). At first I could not boot insafe mode but eventually I did. In safe mode I ran Malewarebytes and found "pum.hijack.startmenu, then selected fix. Next I ran Spybot and found several "adware" --- babylon.toolbar, bProtector, deltatoolbar, iwingames, yontoo.pagerage, then selected fix. Talking with a friend, knows way more than I do, suggested I run error checking for the C: drive. It saud it will check on next restart. Now, when booting in safe mode, it stalls, and the last thing on the screen is "Loaded: \Windows\system32\drivers\crcdisk.sys". This is where I'm at right now.
I do not have any CDs for Vista. I am working on this problem for someone who was gracious enough to let me. I am a computer/network student and am trying to get as much hands on as possible. I guess they thought what could it hurt.
This is what I think and not what I know. I think I ned the recovery cd? I was told they can be obtained from OfficeMax? Then boot from it and utilize the tools there? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.