Vista would not boot and was in an infinite loop displaying a message that the /BOOT/BCD file was corrupt. However, pressing F8 while booting would do nothing but just kept looping and telling me that the BCD file was corrupt, etc.
I had to force a boot from CD and manually re-installed Vista. However, the install did not include necessary drivers so my wireless didn't work, USB mouse didn't work, etc, so I decded to try the factory install once more. This time, the install appeared to be working for a couple minutes but then just ended with the message, "ERROR", nothing else to indicate what the error was. I assume there is a log someplace that will tell me what the error was, but I did notice that the "OS" file was completely full with files created during the rebuild.
Any idea how to do a factory install at this point? It's my college age daughter's computer and I want her to be able to rebuild if necessary in the future. Also, if I can't rebuild the factory image, how do I get the necessary drivers installed? I do have the drivers CD that came with the computer, but it's not apparent how to install them.