I have been given a computer running Windows Vista. Windows wouldn't start when I first tried and I was asked if I wanted to run the Windows Repair Tool. Unfortunately it was taking hours and I had to turn it off as I had an appointment to go to.
I have tried to run it again but don't get that option - when it starts up I get the option to press DELEETE or TAB. When I press TAB I get a list of details ending with Master Hard Disc Error - when I press F1 told to reboot and select proper boot device or insert Boot Media in selected Boot Device and press a key. I do not have the Windows Disc and also do not know which version of Vista is installed.
If I press DELETE I get the BIOS SETUP UTILITY.
I do have a USB key containing a UBUNTU installation (as well as photo's and music etc) and was wondering whether I could use this to boot up and, hopefully, get into the windows startup to try and find the repair tool.
I know I have beeen the cause of this problem and any assistance would be appreciated.