trying to resinstall windows: system hangs after booting
So I'm trying to reinstall Windows (trying to do a few things to troubleshoot my new laptop.... one of which is flash the BIOS, but I need Windows). Problem is, something's preventing me from doing so. I'll hit F12 at the beginning and boot from the CD drive. It'll say "press any key to boot from disc", so I do, and it starts reading the disk. However, after saying something like "checking system configuration" it stops. The CD stops spinning, the computer stops running, etc. Any ideas as to why this might be occurring? Or any suggestions about how to reformat my drive to be NTFS and reinstalling Windows? Help would be appreciated. BTW, I don't have a floppy drive so I'm prevented from doing a few things in that case (boot floppy).