Edit: At this point I should probably mention I don't run the garden variety version of windows 7, rather a 'pre-activated' one.
OK I managed to get into startup repair, which just raises more weird questions. I'll describe the second time I went through the process, cant remember what i did the first time, not much happened though.
After clicking repair, it starts searching for windows installations, and almost immediately gives its first message: "Widows found problems with your computer's startup options. Do you want to apply repairs and restart?" I choose repair and this time the PC almost immediately shut off and rebooted into HDD windows.. not what it did the first time. Mouse and keyboard still not working in windows Damn this is getting weird... Going back in.
Back where I was before.. I click repair again and this time I get an error message saying "error saving startup options". I'm now at system recovery options where it asks me to select one of two options, use recovery tools or restore from system image. Selecting use recovery tools wants me to also select a operating system, however there are none listed. "If your operating system isn't listed, click Load Drivers and then install drivers for your hard disks", which I admittedly haven't done. Honestly didn't even think they had any. I do remember seeing a message of "no OS files found on disk" earlier.
Clicking next anyways skips the window to the familiar windows recovery panel with the 5 options: system repair, restore, image recovery, memory diagnostic and command prompt.
Clicking startup repair gives another message "startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically" Viewing details on the message gives more "no OS installed - like errors".
BTW I don't have a system recovery image.
Edited by thibauld, 25 August 2015 - 04:01 PM.