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This most often means you have a bad cpu or motherboard. When the bios does its post checks it looks for issues and will shut the pc down if all the devices are not funtioning correctly or the CPU reaches critical heat.
Bios is not on an hard drive, is on a memory chipinside computer. Your main problem is not with Bios, but with system. On many Compaq you can start the recovery tool by pressing f10 or f11 on startup. The system recovery tool it is located on hard disk, if it does not start it had been deleted or is damaged.
In your case Windows is corrupted, that is the reason why it is freezing , and then giving the blue error screen.
You need to get a Windows setup disk and reintall Windows. If you install windows from a generic setup disk you will need to install drivers after installing. Drivers can be downloaded from HP website.
Another solution is calling the phone number listed on the user manual to contact HP. you can buy from them an original recovery CD, in this case you won't need drivers.
Otherwise you can ask a quote to a local repair shop for a system reinstall, I think it is about $80.