no i did not create a recovery disk, when i try to start the laptop it only gets as far as start windows normaly and then goes to a blank screen for a while then says unable to start. i have tried the startup repair and the advanced repair but nothing working. can you help?
Right, I have a HP laptop and when I turn the laptop on an option for system restore is shown F10 or F11 I think. If you keep pressing the one displayed at start up the system restore partition should start up. From there you should be able to reinstall Vista.