The Imac burned the cd just fine (vista 32 bit) but putting the cd into the PC, I get the same old song and dance. "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key-" Looks like pure DOS lingo. Any suggestions before I set it on fire? Thanks in advance.
Try booting the disc into "Command Prompt" and run chkdsk /r against your bad partition.
If that doesn't fix things, burn yourself a live linux disc and rescue what you can of your data before you factory reset the PC