|... whats the laptop make and model number?|
... you may have a recovery partition still intact ...(has doubts!)
... did you use a bootup cd Disk Sanitizer?
... you're displaying xp as "OS" yet posting in the Vista forum, what was on the laptop?
... do you have xp or vista cd/dvd with key to put back on?
... there is logic to this madness!
the element of surprise Grrrrrrrr