First of all thank you for the quick response, appreciate it!
I want to "format" in the sense that I wanted to wipe out everything on the computer and start fresh from Windows 7.
Basically when the installation of Windows 7 happens, right at the last stage where the computer restarts to the clean install, it does not take and Windows returns to the previous OS I am operating. Everything is the same as it was before I even did the format.
Before when I would reformat in that sense, it would give me the option to do what you mentioned but I would wipe out the entire thing. I believe the HP version is the same.
The link you provided is the graphics driver update that I tried, and after that installation of the driver update I started getting these green dots around video and then the BSOD which leads to a restart. I finally got the f8 option to go through on the start up screen and tried to run windows repair but the computer froze.
Any other options I can try?