Windows is now
Dead or SICK?
We call this the OS, for Operating System.
Given: The PC hardware is not dead, the Hard disk is not dead, the screen is not dead, just windows is dead, corrupted or infected.
See my newest page on MoBO dead (new or used Motherboards)
I consider the OS the same as old dirty socks when soiled change them out, ( washing them may only get some dirt out, if you get my drift?)
If wise keep your W10 ISO USB stick handy at all times, I will cover that soon. (costs is 0 if you have blank media of any kind DVD or STICK) (I use stick for USB flash memory thumb drives)
I do not teach bit flipping ever, nor the million of ways to screw up the windows registry. ( I take a pass on all that...) but I do cover how to recover most HP PC's).
The OS can be totally dead, or one bit set wrong, and any level of corruption possible.
If the OS runs mostly ,but has problems, the operator can do a windows, go back to a previous restore point , as seen here, step by step.
if the OS is very very sick (means corrupted) then only fresh install will do.
We always test the HDD /SSD main disk drive first or this can be endless pain.
If you suspect the PC hardware is dead in other ways, we can run linux from boot CD or from USB thumb drive.(stick)
If Windows 10 will not boot , turn off Fast boot.
If you want to start fresh, then power on and hammer the F11 HP covery key, (and you go back to day 1, all data you created (and Apps) are gone.
If the HDD is bad F11 will be dead, if the drive was changed out before, the HP recovery partition is now missing and F11 goes dead.
HP F11 feature started about 2007 year, before that year they sold install CDs (or DVD),called OS recovery media.
Minor Bit flipping?
I did a one page power modes (Dim screens, sleep, hibernate etc)
Here is the HP F11 page on topic. (as HP told you online, this topic)
Windows is bad/dead when: (gee 1 billion ways no? but here are a few) F11 is the cure in most if not all cases (remember the Hardware tested good, ok?)
In call cases backup data first, there are ways to do this if the HDD is not dead.
Here is a way to backup data , if you don't own or run a backup server or use THE CLOUD. (the external say 2 TB drive)
There is never a reason to lose data. Just backup often. (or use the silly Cloud and pray it works)
If F11 Recover feature is dead (and was slammed) then buy HP media kit (only sold for the most newest PC, sadly) Then go to HP.com and get your MEDIA KIT.
If no kit sold , then buy W7 or 10 from Microsoft or go to Ebay and type, W10 COA key in the search box. (can this be more easy?) The W10 down load costs nothing, only the key costs you money.
The HP kits match your PC exactly the Microsofts install kits do now (ISO) The problem will be (may) be that one feature is dead using MS media, but in many cases we can find the missing driver. (not always)
It matches your PC exactly and works with one click , installs. HP will ask you for your service tag data, so they can deliver the correct disks.
Many PC will not operate correctly with any W10 upgrade, ask HP if they support W10 first.
Windows 10 has very strick rules on what hardware it can be installed on. Sorry it does not go back to 1981 (as old geeks claim) nor even 2006 well. Yes 32bit goes back farther !(in time)
Windows 10 64 is even more strict. (Only the most new PCs, say 10 year or newer processors work , geneation 5 up, like I7-5xxx partnumbers indicate.)
Also 64bit upgrade is more lax than fresh install ( scary no ?) Reality is more strange that myth, no?
Window 10 does INLINE upgrades now, w10 over w10, this is a very very nice new feature.
Windows 10 is about 17GBytes in size now (just /windows/, and curing corruption there, is near impossible once infected. (ever play WACK-A-MOLE)
HP's magic F11 key is the cure, Do it now.
To see what 10 build you have , run and elevated command promp, (cmd.exe) and type WINVER (enter)
Windows 10 can fail easy, it boot today using fastboot from hiberfil.sys and the cure is here if failed.
Pure Opinion here, I do like W7 better, but W10 is for life.
The reasons I like Windows 10 are?:
Buy W7 and newer, never run any old OS. (it is a Brave New World and way more dangerous every day)
Never run XP ever.
Why does XP stinks so bad (IMO), let me count the ways.
Vista is vastly better than XP"security-wise !(but not supported now, RIP VISTA)
version 2. 12-9-2017