thanks for the advice. Reporting. I tried the work around. Managed to download win7 installation iso. However, it turns out that my gf's computer was win 7 home basic edition and the system said that it wasn't possible to repair using it. However, it still let me get to some repair options (couldn't repair) and into HP recovery module. Backing up of the files froze at 93% , so that was a no go. and any attempts to repair/boot/ fix the mbr didn't work.
Unfortunately, I had to leave country the next morning and had no more time to try other things. When I get back home, I'll try to patch the installation iso from home premium to basic and see if that helps in repair. If not, will probably have to get the enclosure device and backup all files from the laptop hard drive into a removable and reinstall the operating system.
Kaspersky and virtual keyboard.
New question. On my own laptop, some of my keys don't work, so I been using virtual keyboard. However, I completely forgot my Kaspersky password and kaspersky password box won't admit virtual keyboard keys.. Any way around that?