It seems as if Windows Update has caused a system failure of a critical system component. If you have a Window cd, try placing it in your cd drive and booting up. Then try to run a repair install. This may allow you to backup files. I would then recommend a full reinstall of windows.
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Before shutting down your system click on any programs still running and shut them down. This will cut the time for normal shut down to take place.
You could also run a hard drive diagnostic to see if it has any errors. There might be some if you don't let the computer shut down itself. Restarting can also cause the programs to become corrupt, if they didn't shut down right. Running a defrag on the drive will also help it shut down quicker.
Look on the net also for information on getting your PC to shut down quicker.
try going to the bios and change the boot sequence for hard drive to cd
put the copy of xp in the external hard drive and reboot the computer
when it powers up it should boot up off the external hard drive
if that works go to computer --device manager and find recovery section
you may also go restore to a previous date and try for a fix from there
go google and get to microsoft and find that file download for xp and install it
if all that works shut the computer down and reboot back to bios and change back to reboot from hard drive
remove the disc from the external hard drive
Shut down the computer.
Turn on the computer tapping F10 key on your keyboard.
You will see BIOS comming up.
Go to the option SMART and Run HDD Self Test.
If it passes then get another set of recovery disk for HP Pavilion.
If test fails, replace hard drive.
1.If the notebook computer is running solely on battery power, plug the AC adapter into the notebook. 2.Shut down the computer if it is running. 3.Press the power button to turn on the computer. 4.Press f10 when the HP/Compaq logo displays. 5.After the BIOS Setup Utility displays, use the Right Arrow key to select the Diagnostics menu. 6.Select HDD Self-Test options . 7.Press enter to display a list of HDD/Self-Test options. 8.Select Notebook Hard Drive and then press f10 to display an Estimated test time . 9.Press f10 to continue. The Hard Drive Self Test executes a Quick test , a Comprehensive test, and a SMART test. If test reports pass then perform installation of OS else hard drive has gone bad
It could be a problem with the harddrive and memories ,if you enter the DELL bios setup page when the computer starts up does it have an option to test the hard drive if so test it. Also if you have two memory sticks then try with only one and vice versa.
Try booting with another boot CD like the ultimate boot CD it has some hard drive testing tools too.
Hi, This could be a hard drive problem. The hard drive is looking for the boot sector on it, but the boot sector is broken. Computer shuts down and tries again but your hard drive can't find the boot sector so it shuts down tries again etc.