At church yesterday we had a power surge. All the computers came back up except one. This one has windows vista on it. It boots to the screen where you have the bar that continues to run across the screen but it never makes it to the log in screen. If you leave it on long enough (about 20 minutes) it blue screens and restarts.
I have programs that run on boot up to fix it but they basically say they cannot. But all scans say the hard drive is fine which leaves me to believe that vista took a dump. I took the hard drive out and hook it up to a different pc and ran different tests on it and the drive itself checks out. Put it back in and it still won't boot. None of the options in the F8 screen fix anything and safe mode won't even load. Gets about half way and blue screens and restarts. And I have used every option on that F8 screen and nothing. I even booted the vista repair from cd and that just came up with errors when I tried to use any option.
I have a system mechanic repair disk that recognizes the system but says there is nothing wrong. None of the other programs even recognize what system is there. I have run a full error scan that said there was no problems detected. So basically I have:
1) Ran bootup programs to try and fix it.
2) Ran programs to fix boot files.
3) Ran error scans.
4) Tested the hard drive.
5) Ran every option on the F8 screen.
6) Ran vista repair from both the drive and cd neither worked.
7) Tried a recovery scanning program which did nothing.
8) Restore does not work.
Did I miss doing anything? Is there anything else I can do?
Here's my take on fixing it if there is nothing else I can do. Upgrade to windows 7 so that the programs and information can be saved. But before I do that pull all the files off it to have a back up. Opinions?