A couple of nights ago my computer crashed, and wouldn't restart again. It would get as far as the windows splash screen and would freeze just prior to displaying the desktop. Turning off the system and rebooting prompted me to begin Startup repair which I did, however startup repair completed without finding any issues. I can boot in in safe mode, and tried to install Malwarebytes to check for infection, but it wouldn't run. A friend suggested I reinstall windows, as I had already backed up all my data, and I figured starting fresh would be a good idea anyway. I have the disks for OS and Drivers so went ahead, but for some reason the DVD drive wouldn't recognize a disk in the tray, so I copied the disks to an external HD and ran the setup from there. The process completed, and Windows booted to Desktop normally, albeit missing a number of drivers. I copied to drivers disk to HD and began installing drivers begining with the Video drivers, restarting after each one. However, as soon as I had installed the first driver, the pc would fail on boot again.
I am not that computer savvy, and probably shouldn't have been messing around with it in the first place. From what has happened so far, is my problem likely to be a hardware issue or malware/virus? I am "nearly" at the point of taking it to a tech person, but only if there is no "reasonably" simple fix
Windows 7 Pro SP1
HP Probook 4530s