some came with W7 others W8, yours came with W8
or did you down grade it wrong, like many did, hating W8?????
4 hours to boot. sounds like >....
(bad HDD, or infected OS, or you
"AMD Fusion E450 (Zacate) Dual Core processor soldered down on the motherboard"
the F11 key at power on , runs the restore W7 partition !
if w8 new, then w8 now, if you down graded it, IT WILL FAIL>!!!
Ill pretend W7 day 1, new
Ill pretend , you never once used MS, media here of any kind.
NO MS ISO.s or MS disks./sticks, of any kind.
Ill pretend its still 100% HP, (be wise)
if that fails F11 that means the partition is damaged, (file or hdd bad)
run HDD tests yet, not just simple chkdsk?
there are only 3 cures, possible.
1: F11, (fails you said) but not clearly. read page 10 yet????
2: HP, media kit buy it and load fresh, HP W7,
both fail if HDD is bad, testing any HDD is a long process.
using powerful HDD test software. can take a day to run that..
and the horror way.... (I do it all the time but am READY)
3: use Microsoft, W7 install media and then all HP drivers are dead.
but can be fixed, if time is not money.
what I do is move the HDD to a real DT PC. Desktop)
and plug it in say as drive E: (using adaptors , have them all I do)
then test it 100 %using powerful HDD tests. and powerful A/T scans. from Eset.com
Im not listing 100s of programs that do that, there are endless eon,s
use a non destructive tests.
run crystal-disk SMART yet?, to see if HDD is end of life ?
no spare , sectors is that, END OF LIFE>
the PC had a 500GB hdd.
why not get a new SSD and end this.
bet the media kit and move on
(if backed up , are you,) that be first, (ask or google that)
here is your support page
here is the media kit,
Id get this , and keep if for life of PC, be best.
not one HDD lasts for ever, we plan ahead to be ready when it dies. as all DO. Be like boy scout,?
HP has best support of any company, no , im not HP, im retired, non HP, if you want to leave HP support, say so and we can talk all day on that, ..