I hae an HP Pavillion DV6 with Windows Home Vista. I created the only recovery disk I am allowed.
I installed Ubuntu and the systems have been co-existing for a couple of years. Recently, though, the Windows side has gotten sick.
When I try to use the D: recovery Partition or the recvery disk I created from same shortly after purchase, I get the same scenario. It formats the windows partition, loads s/w does a restart does setting up windows and then dies.
Possibly faulty hardware, but to start with I would test the hard drive if only to eliminate that as the culprit. You can't test it with any Windows-based diagnostic utility so you'll need to test it with a diagnostic utility that loads from a bootable CD.
When you've made the CD, boot your DV6 from it and the testing software will shortly load.
(You may have to bring up the Boot Menu on your PC & select CD/DVD Drive as the boot device, or go into BIOS Setup and change the first boot device to CD/DVD Drive).