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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Your internet explorer browser could be at fault. Try a different browser such as Chrome or firefox,. If they work then your problem is with the IE browser part of windows. If so, no big deal since the other two browsers are better and less memory intensive.
check your cpu fan if still working. if it is working try to edit your bios to safe defaults and save it then boot up. also try to boot on safe mode if it is ok in safe mode then try system restore...if worst.. format your pc
The most likely situation is a file error in the windows boot up process. Try booting the computer in safe mode (press the f8 key after the post screen, and selection menu will come up, sellect safe mode). If it does not boot this way, you could try a boot repair (since you did not list tthe brand model of computer, it is hard to direct you on this course). Most likely you will have to do a full restore to clear the error. This of course will remove all software, data that was not installed on the computer out of the box.
OK, Here's what you need to do. Shut down the computer. When you restart it, as it boots, continue to press and release the F2 key as the computer starts up. When it does, you will get a BIOS setup screen. From there, there will be an option to change boot sequence. Make CD drive first and then C: drive. Save your changes and then reboot. This time, the computer should load your reinstall disk. Let me know how it goes.
Once try to Re-Install your Operating System and Just after Installing your OS just once Mo niter your CPU usage in Task Manager if it is Simply raising to 80% to 100% then it is a issue of over heating
Try booting up the computer pressing whatever key the Dell needs to boot into BIOS (F10, Delete key, F1...pay attention to the screen) and leave the computer on for about 15min. See if it cuts off then. If it does its more than likely your power supply. If it doesn't then its not hardware related.
so u;re saying that the BIOS tests are taking 10 minutes ?! Usually that happenes when the computer shutes down brutally (after power surges, by removing the battery ... by forced shut down). Try doing a BIOS update, and also set it so it will skip some tests or not to do through testing ....