My old man is not the most PC savvy man on the block. He clicked on a URL that he thought his sister had sent him (her PC had been compromised), his PC started throwing up warnings about sys32 files being deleted. I told him to shut it down ASAP. Eventually he did.
He had MSE installed.
When he rebooted the only thing left on his PC was IE, no Windows Explorer just IE.
I thought rather than mucking around trying to recover the data, I would just do a reinstall of Vista.
On my machine and his I have always had the first boot device as the CD, I put the Vista CD in, rebooted, it totally ignored the CD and went on to boot into windows.
I shut his machine down and double checked that the first boot device was indeed the CD, it was. Rebooted, and once again it skipped the CD and booted straight into windows.
As a rule this wouldn't be a problem as I could open Windows Explorer and boot the CD from there, but this damn virus he has picked up has deleted everything including his Windows Explorer.
Once again the only thing that was on his desktop was IE.
I am at a loss, normally the CD is read first, but not this time. To eliminate the possibility of a faulty reader, I replaced it with a known working one.
I then got a different HD to put in his machine, I was being confronted with BSOD's, then all of a sudden his on board graphics decided they didn't want to play anymore.
I built the machine for him probably now four years ago, if not longer. He doesn't like spending money on PC's, and since I built and paid for the now non working PC, I have put my foot down, and told him you did it, this time you can either pay someone to fix your machine or buy a new one, I am not going to spend my money on your PC.
Because I love my PC's, I have a spare tower, I offered it to him on the proviso that he got ESET Nod32, he turned it down because it was going to cost him a whole $50. Because I am not a totally heartless biatch, I am letting him use my laptop
Ideally I would like to be able to get his tower back up and running, it wasn't the fastest on the block, but it handled Vista well.