|Thank you HopperRox for your response.|
"The netbook most likely had a recovery partition to reload the Vista basic operating system...." IT Does! As I said in my original post, I can get to the repair manager and it acts like it is repairing ... then the repair console that has the choices is all greyed out. You cannot make a choice. I bought an external cd drive for the netbook and have tried most everything. It's been a while and I have a life, so I stored it in the closet for another time and bought another one. However, I will go back to it one day just to find out what the heck it is. For now, I have put it to rest.
Thank you again for your suggestions.