I was hoping that someone could help or advise with the following -
I have a HP Pavillion Slimline S5000 series PC and am running windows 7 and whilst I have never really used it for much (kids homework, a bit of surfing, you tube etc) it has developed a problem when I try to start it up.
It has been like it for a few months now and got progressively worse, to the extent that I cant even get it to come on anymore?
When I turn it on it will go straight to the 'Windows failed to start, a recent hardware or software.....' comes up on the screen. If I choose to 'start windows normally' it goes to a black screen with the white mouse cursor and does nothing else.
When it first started doing this I could turn it on and off as couple of times and it would be ok but this has got progressively worse now and wont work.
If I choose to do a start up repair, it goes though all of the checks and then everything passes but when it tries to re boot it just goes to a black screen with the white mouse cursor.
A mate suggested that I replaced the Bios battery which I have done but it has made no difference.
System restore doesn't work either.
I don't have anything important on there as I saved it all when it first started doing it so am willing to try anything. It has got to a point now where Im sick of messing about with it and was wondering if it was worth getting it looked at or should I just bin it and get a new pc??
Got it running the 'Microsoft Startup Repair Tool' as per the link within the first response and it seems to be doing something. Been doing it for a while now though.......oh well, Im gonna leave it and see what happens.
I tried to follow what you said but after pressing the F8 key, it took me to 'Advanced Boot Options' the only option that was anything like what you said was Safe Mode With Command Promt so I tried it.
It took me to a 'loading windows files page with loads of script rolling over, it then took me to what I can only describe as my login screen only bigger, complete with all of my user icons. I clicked on my icon and entered my password which seemed to work but then after saying 'welcome' it thought about it for a while and then went to a screen that said Administrator:cmd.exe and beneath that said C:/windows/system3266> I tried to enter what you said to enter but it then responded with 'Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts (Y/N)'
Turned my pc on this morning and started up first time! seems much quicker too?????
The only very small thing (that Im not that bothered about is that whenever I try to connect to the internet through the internet explorer icon, it says that it cant connect to the internet however when I use the google chrome icon.....it connects and works absolutely fine.
If theres a simple fix out there then ill do it, otherwise as I say, its not a big deal.
Once again - Thankyou all for your help its greatly appreciated!