Hello all. I have an HP laptop which started having trouble a week ago--going into a cyclical boot pattern that would never complete the boot. I would get a message saying that the hive file could not be recovered. I had a friend try to reinstall Vsta for me, but to no avail as the disk he had was not deemed genuine. Where I stand right now is with a laptop with a partial install of Vista (it will boot to the welcome/password page but will ask for a genuine code once I enter my password). What I'd like to know is: is there a way to get a bootable version of the Linux operating system onto my flash/usb/pendrive, get my laptop to boot the usb drive and install linux onto my laptop? Any help would be greatly appreciated!