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Stuck process. Use Ctrl-Alt-Del to see what is not responding, kill the process.
Try disabling startup programs. Go to Start > Run (search in Win 7) and type MSConfig. In Startup tab, uncheck anything that you don't want Windows to load automatically. It will make Windows boot faster and use less resources while running. This just disables them in startup. Programs will still load, but when only you initiate.
so the pc is recognizing the hardware? go to support.dell.com, and type in your service tag and download the latest drivers for your hardware? if that doesn't help, press the windowsk and the R key and then type cmd and press enter. type 'ipconfig' no ' and press enter post those results here. if you're connected to the internet but are unable to load web pages it's possible your browser is set up to use a proxy. open up IE or FF or chrome and go to the connections tab and make sure that the box that says 'use proxy for this connection' is unchecked.
Dell Laptop with bios or hard drive password set ? Unlock your dell laptop using the link below if it display a message that says "this computer system is protected by a password authentication system, you cannot access the data on this computer without the primary or administrator password, when you turn on the computer. This message is what you get if the BIOS is protected by a password. or you get system disabled
well do you know what the operating system is. also it could be that you downloaded the wrong drivers for it, like the dell website has the drivers for multiple OSs, and if you get the wrong one for your OS then it will not recognize it
You can download the drivers from Dell WEB site, the support download page. Make sure you select your model desktop or laptop, better still, type in the Service Tag number, it is printed on the label on the bottom of the laptop and on the back or sides of a desktop. (If the Service Tag label is missing then go into the BIOS setting and on one of the BIOS pages, the Service Tag number will be displayed). This will open the page where the specific drivers for your model computer are located. Also make sure you select the Windows XP or Vista version of the drivers for your Windows operating system. Click on this link to download the drivers: - http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen
files in system32\config\ are missing or corrupt. there is a back up stored by default at c:\windows\repair you can copy the contents of windows\repair folder into system32\config\ and it should solve the problem, you can do it with the windows installation cd by using the recovery console.
Go into the repair folder enter the following commands in repair console
cd windows (press enter) cd repair (press enter) copy *.* c:\windows\system32\config\ (press enter)
files should be copied
type exit, quit or restart or reboot to restart the computer.