Why does our desktop PC no longer boot right away?

HannibalCat October 14, 2012
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A four year old Dell desktop running Windows 7 32-bit Home Premium has begun to, semi-regularly, hang when booting. This can be fixed by manually cutting the power and rebooting – it always boots fine the second time – but it is worrying.

I used the Dell software to check components and all are apparently working fine, so I assume it’s either BIOS problems or Windows itself may be glitched. What I don’t know how to do is figure out what the problem is. This has now happened three times in the past two weeks. Before then it was fine. Would it be worth going back to an earlier system snapshot?

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