Maybe wrong section but posting this here because of expanding wndows files
Was giving a DELL INSPIRON 1545 to have a look at. Before i did any thing i backed up the hard drive with an external reader.
The BIOS would fully load and load past the VISTA loading screen to where it should load the login screen. This stayed black with an active mouse. Nothing to worrying i though and since i have an old W7 cd i though id upgrade. before i upgraded i tried startup repair(different OS but gave it a shot) start up repair would not work the message was something "Offline** ahh sod it lets upgrade. The install w7 cd loaded fine but stalls expanding windows files 0%
Lets go old skool, i fired 3 old linux copies none which would install. all would run memory tests but not install. Windows XP why not i though just to get it running. Installed fine. rebooted. BOOTMRG IS MISSING, Maybe down grading was not a good idea.
Burnt a new copy of w7, didnt like that. Would just go straight to bootmsg missing. Maybe i burnt it wrong. *shurg* lets try XP again, starts installing then BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH. *more hair is pulled out* downloaded a copy of vista, wont run. "Maybe i burnt it wrong" part 2