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Start up and shut down

It takes 20+ minutes for my Dell to boot up. Once it has booted, I can not get into Internet Explorer. Then when I try to shut down, I can't close down anything. I end up holding he on/off button for a few minutes to make it shut down.

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Extremely slow operation can be the sign of many issues. The first of them is the hard drive failing. (I suspect this as the most likely reason.) You should be able to run hard drive diagnostics from the F12 menu. If they fail, replace the HDD.

If the diags pass, then next thing I would look at is free space available. At a minimum, you should have 10% OF THE HARD DRIVE free for Windows to cache data. Dropping below 5% usually effect dramatic slow downs and below 2% can prevent internet access too.

Other possiblities include Virus/Spyware infection

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