To work on this I'd need the full retail version of Vista since I might want to perform a VISTA REPAIR INSTALL.
You didn't tell what you tried such as SAFE MODE and looking at startup items with a fine tool called AUTORUNS.
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I'll make it short and simple. Vista starts up and stays on the fancy startup screen. After many attempts to repair, I ended up getting a new harddrive. The "broken" one still works fine in safe mode and still contains all my data which I pulled onto a Lacie. My silly question is, is there still hope to fix my old harddrive? I would happily provide you more information on what the issue is with the system, but that's another curiosity I can't understand. No error screen shows up. Nothing. It just flat out won't boot. Are there any tricks and tips as to how I can even check what the problem is? The harddrive was only 4 months old and seemed pretty intact after I took it out.