Here's an odd one for all you helpful folks.
Whilst my sister and family were away this weekend I offered to install Windows 7 Home Premium (x86) on her Toshiba Equium L40-10U laptop.
It was previously running Windows Vista Home Premium, however as it was infested with all kinds of nasties I figured I would kill two birds with one stone.
Anyway, I downloaded the ISO from Technet and burnt it to DVD, updated the BIOS on the laptop (worked fine) and proceeded to install Windows 7 (fresh, not upgrade, completely wiped and started from scratch).
Everything went fine, went through setup and logged on, Windows Update kicked in, perfect.
Had a play around and the machine was running like a dream, so I started installing stuff. As I didn't require ANY extra drivers
I installed the RTM version of Microsoft Security Essentials first. I then moved on to Spybot - Search & Destroy etc.
When I restarted the machine it started to boot and got to the Starting Windows screen, however the Windows animation didn't appear, I waited, and waited, and nothing. Restarted again and it went to the Startup Repair option, did that, found nothing, restarted, and again it was stuck at the Starting Windows screen.
I rebooted and tried for Safe Mode, which very weirdly failed, it said loading and again just sat there.
Failing that I figured either bad install and/or bad burn. Re-dwonloaded ISO, burnt new DVD, reinstalled. Did the same again.
I decided I would give it a quick clean just to be safe, so I gave it a blast with some compressed air. Tried again, installed fine, Windows Update fine, first restart and it was dead again.
I have since tried installing without letting Windows Update connect, no joy, I then ran CrystalDisk to check the HD and that reported as all fine.
I'm going to leave it running Memtest overnight/overmorning
and see what that says, whilst I download Windows Vista in the hope that if all else fails I can revert to that.
So, can anyone shed any light on this or offer me any help?
I apologise in advance for my lenghty/random post, I'm very tired and I know she'll demand a working laptop tomorrow as they 'can't do without the internet'...
Thanks in advance everyone.
BTW. Feel free to move this if you feel it is more relevant elsewhere.
Specs are as follows as it is not my machine:
Celeron M 1.6GHz
80GB Toshiba HD