So I have this Sony Vaio laptop that just won't boot into windows saying that I need to put in the repair disk to fix the issue. Since the laptop did NOT come with a repair disk or any other Windows disk, I got one from here http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/how-to-make-a-windows-vista-repair-disk-if-you-dont-have-one/ and tried using that one, which did NOT work. So now when I try to restore it to its original factory settings the progress bar would not go past 1%!!! I've even tried leaving it overnight to see if it'll make any progress. Unfortunately no. Anyone know how to fix this??
Are you running the system restore from the boot disk? Your best bet is usually to use System Restore from the boot disk. If that doesn't work, use system restore from Safe Mode. Note that System Restore will simply restore back to a previous point in time, not restore to factory settings.
Normally laptops have some type of disk to reload back to the factory settings.
If you are completely out of luck with the restore, you can always use an Ubuntu cd to get access to your files, back them up to an external drive, and then re-install Windows. I've written up a lengthy guide to doing just that.