Started the day with a corrupted Admin profile. Thought it was due to Win Updates running last couple of days so did sys restore to Saturday. After that, starting machine brought up a boot-type screen asking if I wanted to start into RAM settings or into Windows Vista (recovered).
That didn't seem right. So I booted to a Vista Repair CD I created from a tutorial on this site and selected Startup Repair.
After getting past the "choose your language" screen there was no OS listed on the "select your OS to repair" screen. I saw a couple of posts where folks were advised to click next anyway so I did.
Now it's been running for about 5 hours - trying to cancel or close window brings up a message: This operation cannot be canceled.
It says "Startup Repair is checking your system for problems..." and the progress bar is still moving at same speed across screen under which it says "attempting repairs".
The machine's fans are running but I don't hear ANY HDD activity and no flicker on the HDD light.
I'll need the machine to work in the morning. I've read some horror story posts about folks hard booting and wrecking their HDD.